Shapsug, Circassian in Russia

The Shapsug, Circassian have only been reported in Russia
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Introduction / History

The Shapsugs are one of 12 Circassian tribes. They established themselves as a feared military force in the late 1700s. This was a time when the Russian Empire was becoming strong enough to deal powerful blows even to other empires like the Ottomans. The Russians had to make deals with the Shapsugs.

In the 1860s, most Circassian people had either been killed or they moved to Turkey, then known as the Ottoman Empire. Between the late 1920s into the 1930s, the Shapsug Circassians were given their own autonomous region. Since that time they have been classified as part of the Adegeis, another Muslim people from this region. They speak a dialect of the Adegei language.


Where Are they Located?

The Shapsug Circassians in Russia live north of the Black Sea. Many more of them live in Turkey, Syria, Jordan, or Iraq. More of them live in Turkey than in Russia.


What Are Their Lives Like?

We know very little about how the Shapsug Circassians live today. Some places that list the peoples of Russia no longer include the Shapsug people.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Like other Circassian people, the Shapsugs are Sunni Muslim. However, they are not devout Muslims. Some of them even eat pork, which is the key taboo for Muslims.


What Are Their Needs?

The Shapsug Circassians in Russia need to internalize the fact that they need a savior, and following any form of religion will not please the One True God.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Shapsug, Circassian in Russia.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to move mightily to draw Shapsug Circassians to the Lord.
* Pray that these Muslims will recognize that Islam cannot save them from sin or from the eternal consequences of sin.
* Pray for Russian believers to boldly reach out in love to the Shapsugs.
* Pray for a church planting movement among them that will spread throughout their Black Sea homeland.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20821/RS
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shapsugs
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circassians
https://books.google.com/books?id=LHlwZwpA70cC&pg=PA35&lpg=PA35&dq=Shapsug+Circassians&source=bl&ots=umw9KxmUPs&sig=TJpyMjSzaOse8uNMAQbKLAjHDUY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwim7paXpLDPAhUT92MKHXaTAKsQ6AEITTAI#v=onepage&q=Shapsug%20Circassians&f=false
https://books.google.com/books?id=WKrN10g4whAC&pg=PA177&lpg=PA177&dq=Shapsug+Circassians&source=bl&ots=oQ91ydSOUY&sig=l3cj2vY4gXaN_dY2ORu11hQGAXk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwim7paXpLDPAhUT92MKHXaTAKsQ6AEIUDAJ#v=onepage&q=Shapsug%20Circassians&f=false


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Shapsug, Circassian
People Name in Country Shapsug, Circassian
World Population 4,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 20821
ROP3 Code 117319
Country Russia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 41  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Tuapse District and the Lazarevsky City District (formerly the Shapsug National Raion) of Sochi, both in Krasnodar Krai, and in Adygea   Source:  Wikipedia article
Country Russia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 41  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Tuapse District and the Lazarevsky City District (formerly the Shapsug National Raion) of Sochi, both in Krasnodar Krai, and in Adygea.   Source:  Wikipedia article

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Primary Language Adyghe (4,000 speakers)
Language Code ady   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Shapsug
Dialect Code 6690   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Adyghe (4,000 speakers)
Language Code ady   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Shapsug
Dialect Code 6690   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Adyghe

Primary Language:  Adyghe

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1977-2007)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1991)
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Portions
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Adyghe
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
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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
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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