Bakhtiari in Iran

Photo Source:  Ninara - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Bakhtiari
Country: Iran
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,324,000
World Population: 1,324,000
Primary Language: Bakhtiari
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.20 %
Evangelicals: 0.20 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Luri-Bakhtiari
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
Progress Level:


Former Zoroastrians, the Bakhtiari live in the Zagros Mountains of Iran as shepherds and carpet weavers, although some engage in farming and commerce. They are Shia Muslim like the Iranian majority. Oil has helped them have some contact with the outside and some live in urban centers. Otherwise, the tribe and clan are central to their lifestyle. Their women have more freedom than do most Muslim women.

Ministry Obstacles

There are many reasons why the Bakhtiari have not responded to the gospel. They are geographically isolated by rugged terrain. Clan divisions keep them socially isolated, so gospel efforts might need to be done on a clan by clan basis.

Outreach Ideas

There are many gospel tools in a language the Bakhtiari people can understand. There are radio and TV broadcasts, gospel recordings, Scripture portions and the JESUS Film.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray that the church would intercede for these people and would plan to reach them via oil workers and women's commercial enterprises, clan by clan.
Pray that women would become believers who teach the gospel to their children.
Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Bakhtiari this decade.

Text Source:   Keith Carey