Egyptian, Balkan in Serbia


Population
1,700
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Contact between Egyptians and the Balkan peoples began in the 12th century BC when Egypt was a great empire. The Egyptians, who were in the iron age, found iron deposits in the Balkan region. That began the contact between two peoples that have since blended and changed considerably through the centuries.

The Balkan Egyptians are closely associated with the Ashkali people. Some have associated them with the Roma Gypsies, though they would disagree. They are Sunni Muslims who speak Albanian. As well as speaking the same language in the countries they are in, they also have the same culture and traditions. The Balkan Egyptians and Ashkalis in the Balkans have only recently been discovered and became a recognized ethnic group in the last decade of the 20th century.


Where Are they Located?

Though spread around the region, the Ashkali live mainly in the central and eastern regions of Kosovo. There are populations in Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many fought for Kosovo during the Kosovo War and many became refugees as a result of the war. They sided with Albania. Today they face prejudice and rejection by some of the people groups around them.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Balkan Egyptians are Sunni Muslims.


What Are Their Needs?

The Balkan Egyptians need acceptance among the peoples around them so they can live productive lives free from prejudice. They also need to understand from the heart that God values them as His children, and He wants them to become part of His family.


Prayer Points

* Pray that gospel television and radio programs be made for them.
* Pray that they will come to Jesus Christ through the Internet.
* Pray that there will soon be a Disciple-Making movement among the Balkan Egyptians that will spread to other people groups.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20677/MK
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashkali_and_Balkan_Egyptians
https://www.coe.int/t/dg4/education/ibp/source/FS_1_10.5.pdf
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/232803106_History_of_Balkan_Egyptians
https://maysarathustra.wordpress.com/all-articles/the-bewildering-case-of-balkan-egyptians/
http://home.uchicago.edu/vfriedm/Articles/Edit008Friedman01.pdf


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Egyptian, Balkan
People Name in Country Egyptian, Balkan
Population in Serbia 1,700
World Population 22,400
Total Countries 5
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names
People ID 20676
ROP3 Code 117066
Country Serbia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Serbia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Albanian, Tosk (1,700 speakers)
Language Code als   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Albanian, Tosk
Primary Language Albanian, Tosk (1,700 speakers)
Language Code als   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Albanian, Tosk

Primary Language:  Albanian, Tosk

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1824-1914)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1827-2007)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1993)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Albanian, Tosk
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Albanian Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Interconfessional New Testament
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
97.00 %
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
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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