Bashkir in Belarus


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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Though most Bashkirs live in their homeland that is now in southwestern Russia, others have fled to other countries like Belarus. Though the Bashkirs were traditionally nomadic herdsmen, most are farmers today, though they still raise livestock.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today, the village itself is regarded as the key to their social structure. Some of the Bashkir groups have lost all memory of their clan origin. Nevertheless, they still express their sense of kinship and loyalty to kinsmen. Bashkir marriage ceremonies usually take place in their homes. However, a mullah (Muslim leader) usually participates in the marriage agreement. Young newlyweds live with the husband's parents until they are ready to form their own household.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bashkirs began to convert to Sunni Islam in the 1100s, and there was wholesale conversion in the 1300s. In the eighteenth century, the Orthodox Church attempted to convert them to Christianity, but today, very few are Christians. Those who converted to Christianity are now organized into a tiny, separate minority known as the Nagaibaks. Although the Bashkirs are not as zealous as other Muslims, any form of Islam is difficult to influence. This stronghold can only be broken down through prayerful intercession.


What Are Their Needs?

Islam is a strong cultural as well as a religious factor. The Bashkir might be reluctant to give up the Islamic religious system unless they experience the glory of the Lord in a practical way.
Belarus has some religious freedom, and there are all kinds of gospel materials in Bashkort, the Bashkir language. Christ followers can distribute them. There are also some Christian believers among the Bashkir people in Belarus.


Prayer Points

Pray for Bashkir elders in Belarus to open their communities to the transforming work of Jesus Christ.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead Bashkir Muslims to the cross and the empty grave.
Pray for workers, filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among Bashkirs everywhere.


Scripture Prayers for the Bashkir in Belarus.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bashkir
People Name in Country Bashkir
Pronunciation BAHSH-keer
Alternate Names Bashkirian; Bashkort
Population this Country 1,200
Population all Countries 1,669,000
Total Countries 8
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 10705
ROP3 Code 101100
ROP25 Code 300929
ROP25 Name Bashkir
Country Belarus
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Belarus
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
75.00 %
Non-Religious
21.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Bashkort (1,200 speakers)
Language Code bak   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Bashkir
Dialect Code 7824   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bashkort (1,200 speakers)
Language Code bak   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Bashkir
Dialect Code 7824   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bashkort
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Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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