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.
The Ishkashimi language is spoken in the Badakhshan Province of Afghanistan, the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region in Tajikistan, and the Chitral region of Pakistan.
Like the other people groups in their part of Afghanistan and Tajikistan, the Ishkashimi speakers are farmers and livestock herders.
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.
People who speak this language live in a place where almost everyone is Muslim, usually Sunni. There are few gospel materials in their language, although there are gospel recordings that have been produced.
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.
Scripture Prayers for the Ishkashimi in Tajikistan.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Ishkashimi|
|People Name in Country||Ishkashimi|
|Population this Country||1,800|
|Population all Countries||5,200|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Persecution Rank||44 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Kuhistoni Badakhshon region, Sumjin and Ryn villages, near Ishkashim. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Language Code||isk Ethnologue Listing|