Qasilbash in Pakistan

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People Name: Qasilbash
Country: Pakistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 4,300
World Population: 310,300
Primary Language: Dari
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Turkish
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Qasilbash are bilingual Persian and Turkic-speaking Azerbaijani background, united in their belief in Twelver Shia Islam. Kizilbash are Azeri Turks tribes mainly from Anatolia and Azerbaijan. The main different between Qasilbash Oghuz tribes and other Turkic people is that they are Shia Turkic people. Therefore, the name Qasilbash is usually applied to them only. Some of these tribes were subdivided into clans.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Despite their strong military history, the Qasilbash are not likely to be in Pakistan’s military today, but they hold power. They are often urban professionals: doctors, teachers, engineers, and lawyers. Though they are no longer cohesive as a people, they hold onto their ethnic pride.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Qasilbash are Shia Muslims who hold to some unusual beliefs. They regarded their rulers as divine figures and are considered by orthodox Shias as fanatics.

What Are Their Needs?

The Qasilbash community needs to put their hope in Jesus Christ rather than their ancestral history or their rulers.

Prayer Points

Pray that God will raise up laborers who are willing to reach the Qizilbash for Christ, no matter what the cost. Pray for a church planting movement among the Qizilbash people in Pakistan and Afghanistan. • Pray for a desire for spiritual truth and holiness that will open Qasilbash hearts to the king of Kings.

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