Dargin in Azerbaijan

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Introduction / History

Dargin (aka, Dargwa) communities, traditionally strong in trading and commerce, have maintained their ancient family structures, village assemblies, and councils of elders. Though their economy is predominantly agricultural, the Dargins have developed rudimentary production and crafts such as carving, stone-working, tanning, and metal-working to support farming and livestock-raising.

Where Are they Located?

Many Dargin people have migrated down from the more than 110 Dargin villages and towns in the Caucasus Mountains to lowland urban regions in Dagestan near the Caspian Sea, and into nearby Azerbaijan and other former Soviet republics.

Most of the Dargin people live in Russia's Dagestan region near Azerbaijan. Others live in Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, and other Central Asian nations.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Dargin come from a powerful ethnic tradition—indeed the very name 'Dargwa' means "strong, free communities." However, bondage to superstition, violent power struggles, pervasive male drunkenness, and other endemic forms of human sin, leave this proud collection of peoples far from free. Present-day Dagestan is beset by increasing cycles of violence which squelches trade, tourism, and economic well-being. In many urban enclaves Dargin traditions remain strong; but they are weaker in urban settings where they have more contact with other ethnic groups.

Today the Dargin define themselves as Muslims.
What Are Their Beliefs?

Sunni Islam first arrived in the Dargwa region of Dagestan by the 8th Century, and became firmly established as the official religion by the 14th Century. Local Islam is ruled by the jamaat, the council of elders in each village.

The Islam of the Dargins, though, has a strongly syncretistic nature, with a substantial heritage of pre-Islamic beliefs given folk Islamic form. The agricultural calendar and ceremonies and household and family rites have retained many elements of their original animism--practices for warding off evil and other forms of magic. Pre-Islamic traditions are reflected in the rite of the first furrow--the most important and ceremonially richest Dargin rite—also in the rites for causing and stopping rain, calling out the sun, veneration of sacred trees, and shrines of deceased holy men.

There are now over 40 Dargin followers of Jesus in Dagestan. Since 2007 Matthew, Mark, and Luke have been published in Dargin—John, Acts, and Revelation are nearly ready, with the goal the entire New Testament in the next decade. This incarnational work of the gospel in the Dargin world is crucial.

What Are Their Needs?

The Dargin people need a supernatural understanding of why they need the grace and mercy of an all-powerful Savior. Someone needs to get the available Bible portions to them.

Prayer Points

Pray for true spiritual freedom for the Dargin people.
Pray for men and women of peace in each of the Dargin towns and villages. Pray that they will be keys to welcoming the love of God, the grace of Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit into each Dargin community in the years ahead.
Thank God for the new believers among the Dargin—Pray for their number to continually increase until there is a powerful church planting movement.
Pray for dreams and visions among open-hearted Dargin, both young and old.
Pray for God's Word to bless many Dargin lives.

Scripture Prayers for the Dargin in Azerbaijan.


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People Name General Dargin
People Name in Country Dargin
Pronunciation DAR-ghin
Alternate Names Darghin; Dargwa
Population this Country 3,200
Population all Countries 638,000
Total Countries 7
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 11505
ROP3 Code 102454
ROP25 Code 301959
ROP25 Name Dargin (Dargwa)
Country Azerbaijan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Azerbaijan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.99 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Dargwa
Language Code dar   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Dargwa
Language Code dar   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Dargwa

Primary Language:  Dargwa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2002-2020)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Dargwa Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Text / Printed Matter IBT, Russia - resources Institute for Bible Translation - Russia
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Temo Blumgardt - Wikimedia  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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