Ishkashimi in Afghanistan


Population
2,800
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Ishkashimi is an Iranian language. There are only a couple thousand people who still speak it, and most likely it will be an extinct language by the end of the 21st century.


Where Are they Located?

The Ishkashimi language is spoken in the Badakhshan Province of Afghanistan, the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region in Tajikistan, and the Chitral region of Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Like the other people groups in their part of Afghanistan and Tajikistan, the Ishkashimi speakers are farmers and livestock herders.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The primary religion practiced by Sanglech-Ishkashimi speakers is Shi'ite Islam, one of two major denominations of Islam. They live among mainly Sunni Muslims. There is often hostility between the two sectors of Islam.


What Are Their Needs?

People who speak this language live in a place where almost everyone is Muslim, usually Sunni. There are no gospel materials in their language, not even gospel recordings.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Ishkashimi speakers will soon hear and respond to the gospel in their heart language.
* Pray for them to have a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the Risen Savior.
* Pray for workers to go to them and disciple them in the ways of Jesus.


References

http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=24526
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishkashimi_language


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Ishkashimi
People Name in Country Ishkashimi
Population in Afghanistan 2,800
World Population 3,600
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names
People ID 20542
ROP3 Code 116135
Country Afghanistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 3  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Badakhshan province: Ishkashim and Wakham districts; north of Ishkashim in Bahar Bazar, Darwan, Qaz Deh, Xermani, Zargaran, and Zayad villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Afghanistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 3  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Badakhshan province: Ishkashim and Wakham districts; north of Ishkashim in Bahar Bazar, Darwan, Qaz Deh, Xermani, Zargaran, and Zayad villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Ishkashimi (2,800 speakers)
Language Code isk   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Ishkashimi
Primary Language Ishkashimi (2,800 speakers)
Language Code isk   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Ishkashimi

Primary Language:  Ishkashimi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
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 Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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