Murego-Gubden in Russia

The Murego-Gubden have only been reported in Russia
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Introduction / History

The Murego-Grubden are a sub-group of the Dargin peoples of the Northern Caucasus Mountains of southeastern Europe. The Russian Empire annexed Dagestan in the 19th century after a 30-year war. The Dargwa language of the Murego is spoken in 15 towns and villages in the mountains west of the Caspian coastal city of Izberbash.

The Murego became Muslims in the 15th century. They have the reputation as being the most devout Muslims in the Caucasus. The traditional occupations of the Murego are agriculture and animal husbandry.

The Murego speak the Dargwa language among themselves and Russian at school and in business and with other peoples of the region. Bible portions and the JESUS Film are available in the Dargwa language.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Murego live in rural villages near the coast of the western Caspian Sea. They grow fruit, vegetables, olives, and grains in the land surrounding their villages. Some men work as herders of sheep, goats and cattle. Most families have a few chickens and a dairy cow to supplement their diets.

The Murego trade and sell their excess produce and animal products to buy things they cannot make for themselves such as cell phones and appliances. The Murego tend to have larger families as children are viewed as blessings from Allah. It is the adult sons' responsibility to take care of elderly parents. Often three generations of an extended family lives under one roof.

The Murego celebrate both Russian and Muslim holidays. They have traditional, distinctive clothing that they wear during festivals. The Murego sing ancient songs and dance during their holidays. Most Murego do not want to be absorbed into the Russian majority. Rural Murego tend to marry among themselves. Some young people are moving out of their mountain homeland and moving to cities hoping for a better life. These young people frequently marry outside their people and speak Russian are their primary language.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Islam of the Murego-Gubden region of Dagestan is influenced by a zealous Salafi strain of Sunni Islam coming out of Saudi Arabia. Murego women dress more conservatively than the other Muslim regions of Dagestan. The Murego devout pride themselves on their adherence to Muslim law and rituals. They look down on Caucasian Muslims who practice animism and ancestor worship.

Sunni Muslims believe that the supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.

The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.

Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will.

What Are Their Needs?

The Murego need to understand that their keeping of Islamic religious rules will not gain them favor with the one, true God of the Bible. Christ alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.

Prayer Points

Ask the Lord to send workers to the Murego-Grubden of Dagestan, Russia.

Pray for an openness for spiritual things for the leaders and elders of the Murego.

Pray that the few believers among the Murego would grow and share their faith with their families and friends.

Ask the Lord to raise up a growing, biblical church among the Murego-Grubden of Russia in this decade.

Scripture Prayers for the Murego-Gubden in Russia.


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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-16
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-03-21
People Name General Murego-Gubden
People Name in Country Murego-Gubden
Pronunciation moo-RRAY-GO GOOB-dyen
Alternate Names Muirin Dargin
Population this Country 40,000
Population all Countries 40,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 20319
ROP3 Code 116040
Country Russia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Dagestan Republic.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Russia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Dagestan Republic..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Murego-Gubden in Russia Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Dargwa (40,000 speakers)
Language Code dar   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Muirin
Dialect Code 9134   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Dargwa (40,000 speakers)
Language Code dar   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Muirin
Dialect Code 9134   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Dargwa

Primary Language:  Dargwa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2002-2013)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Dargwa Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Text / Printed Matter IBT, Russia - resources Institute for Bible Translation - Russia
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.