Northern Kurds in Iraq


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Introduction

The northeast border of Iraq is part of a larger Kurdish population of clans, tribes, and confederacies which have existed for thousands of years. They share several important and common ties of language, culture, homeland, and identity. They fought ISIS valiantly, and at great cost. They are farmers, raising cattle and goats, and a people who enjoy elaborate costumes, and bright colors.


Ministry Obstacles

Almost all Kurds are Sunni; class prejudice is common in this people group. Many of the most rebellious in Kurdish society have associated with secret and unorthodox Muslim sects.


Outreach Ideas

Many Kurds have endured much suffering in recent years of war and rebellion, scarcity of water, and resultant farming problems. Medical teams and civil engineers, and educators are needed to minister to these needy people.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are a few known followers of Christ among the Kurds in Iraq. Please pray they will grow in the admonition and nurture of the Lord.


Pray for the Entire People Group

* Pray for the Lord to bless the families among the Kurds of Iraq with His presence and mercy.
* Pray for a movement of Bible studies that will beget more Bible studies with the intension of producing Kurdish disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the Kurd, Kurmanji in Iraq.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-12-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-12-12
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-12-16
People Name General Kurd, Kurmanji
People Name in Country Kurd, Kurmanji
Pronunciation kur-MAHN-gee
Natural Name Northern Kurds
Natural Pronunciation kerds
World Population 15,724,000
Total Countries 33
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 68
Alternate Names Kermanji; Kurmanji; Turkish Kurd; Yazidi; Yezidi
People ID 12877
ROP3 Code 105458
Country Iraq
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country North of Great Zab river, Dahuk, Ninawa, and Arbil governorates; Surchi dialect near Great Zab river.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Iraq
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country North of Great Zab river, Dahuk, Ninawa, and Arbil governorates; Surchi dialect near Great Zab river..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

Kurd, Kurmanji in Iraq Map Symbols     PDF Version
Ethnologue Language Map
Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Kurdish, Northern (3,398,000 speakers)
Language Code kmr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kurdish, Northern (3,398,000 speakers)
Language Code kmr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kurdish, Northern

Primary Language:  Kurdish, Northern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1856-2016)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1872-2005)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2008)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kurdish, Northern
Film / Video Life's Gold
Film / Video Life's Gold
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Got Questions Ministry
General Kurdish Ministry Resources
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Kurdish New Testament & Psalms
Text / Printed Matter International Bible Society
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.09 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.90 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
3.0 %
Roman Catholic
87.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group location: Joshua Project. Other map data / geography: GMI. Map design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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