Afshari in Afghanistan


Population
13,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Afshari are decendents of the Azerbaijani people of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is in the Caucasus Mountains and was part of the former Soviet Union. Today the Azerbaijani live from the Caucasus to the Iranian plateau. The Afshari language is of Turkic origin and adopts some Persian words. It is also related to the Azerbaijani language.


Where Are they Located?

The Afshari people can be found in Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. In Afghanistan, Afshari is spoken in parts of Kabul and Herat. Part of the Qizibash merchant group speak this language and are bilingual in Persian or Pashto.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Afshari men practice animal husbandry. The Afshari women are skilled carpet weavers. The women make rugs, runners, and other pieces to sell. The colors used are red, ivory, khaki, burgundy, and navy blue. Strong geometric patterns are used.

Afshari families live in tents made of black goat hair. They move between winter and summer pastures. The Afshari's traditionally migrated on camels or horses but more recently they move around on trucks and motorcycles. Radio is an important contact with the outside world.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Afshari people are from the ithna ashari tradition of Islam, a branch of Shia Muslim. Shia's believe that Ali was the proper descendent of Muhammad. Other Ashari are Hanafi Muslims. Hanafi is one of the four major schools of Sunni Muslim. Hanafi is the largest of these schools and puts a greater emphasis on opinion and reason. Afshari hold to historical sites and believe in the spiritual community of Islam. Muslim Afshari women have more freedom than others and often work outside the home.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Afshari language Christian broadcasts would reach seeking ears.
* Pray that Afshari would accept the message of Christ and have the opportunity to grow in Him.
* Pray for the birth and growth of the Afshari church.


References

http://goo.gl/cESZ6
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/2009/11/22
http://goo.gl/KhJTi
http://www.afghan-network.net/Culture/languages.html


Profile Source:   Rachel Routt  

Prayer Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-11-01
People Name General Afshari
People Name in Country Afshari
Population in Afghanistan 13,000
World Population 375,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names
People ID 19409
Country Afghanistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Afshari in small groups north of Kabul, Chandaul quarter of Kabul City, Herat City   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Afghanistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Afshari in small groups north of Kabul, Chandaul quarter of Kabul City, Herat City.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Primary Language: Azerbaijani, South   People group listing
Language Code: azb   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Primary Dialect: Afshari
Dialect Code: 3389   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Dari
Primary Language: Azerbaijani, South   People group listing
Language Code: azb   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect: Afshari
Dialect Code: 3389   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages: 2
Secondary Languages:
Dari
Primary Language: Azerbaijani, South

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes
New Testament Yes
Complete Bible Yes   (2013)
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Network of Azerbaijani Partnerships
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Azerbaijani, South
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Azeri Scripture Resources
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Iranian Azeri Bible
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.04 %)
0.04 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.96 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Frontiers  
Profile Source: Rachel Routt  
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