Uzbek in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Uzbeks are a mixture of Turkic tribes that have many Mongolian and Iranian traits. The term Uzbek, meaning "master of himself," accurately describes the people. Their love of freedom and sense of restlessness have often caused conflicts with the conquerors who have invaded their homeland, the west central Asian region known as Turkestan, throughout the centuries. The Uzbeks have their own country, Uzbekistan, but they also live in many other countries including Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The traditional Uzbek family unit is based on kinship ties. Marriage of children is most often a contractual arrangement that is sealed with a bride price and the bride then lives with the groom's family. Marriages are celebrated with feasting, competitions, and other rituals. Women continue to do much of the household work and handle many of the less skilled and manual jobs. They are often segregated from the men. The traditional dress of the Uzbeks is very distinctive. But today, most wear Western style clothing, especially those who live in large cities. The most common Uzbek houses are built of mud bricks and often have domed roofs. Another style is an oblong, rectangular hut with rooms leading off a long-covered porch and located inside a walled compound. Uzbek mountain men love to play buzkashi, a wild polo-like game with two teams on horseback. The game, which uses the headless carcass of a goat or calf as the "ball," can be very violent and go on for two or three days. The object of the game is to pick up the "ball" and carry it to a goal that may be as far as two miles away. The other team attempts to stop whoever has the animal with any means necessary, even using whips to attack him. Another popular past time is to hunt wild birds with falcons.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Uzbeks are Sunni Muslims. Like other Muslims, the Uzbeks believe that there is one God, Allah, whose will was revealed through the prophet Mohammed and then recorded in the Koran. The Uzbeks are not generally Orthodox Muslims. Many traditional beliefs have been mingled with their Islamic practices. Pre-Islamic shamanism (belief that there is an unseen world of many gods, demons, and ancestral spirits) survives in an Islamic form. Today the shaman (priest or medicine man) is a practicing Muslim who combines shamanistic trances with reciting Islamic prayers, fasts, and other Islamic practices.


What Are Their Needs?

The Uzbeks in Pakistan need the assurance of salvation and life to the full that will only come if they put their trust in Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Uzbek in Pakistan.

Pray for workers to go to the Uzbeks in Pakistan. Pray for a spiritual hunger that won’t be satisfied by religious systems. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among Uzbeks.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uzbeks_in_Pakistan


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Uzbek profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Uzbek, Northern
People Name in Country Uzbek
Pronunciation OOZ-bek
Population this Country 230,000
Population all Countries 31,315,000
Total Countries 19
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
Alternate Names Northern Uzbek; Ouzbek; Ozbek; Usbaki; Uzbeki; Wuzibieke; उज़्बेक, नॉर्दर्न
People ID 14039
ROP3 Code 107469
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
106,000
Balochistan
69,000
Punjab
48,000
Sindh
5,500
Islamabad
1,100
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 106,000
  Balochistan 69,000
  Punjab 48,000
  Sindh 5,500
  Islamabad 1,100
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Uzbek, Northern (248,000 speakers)
Language Code uzn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Dari
25,000
Pashto, Central
5,000
Pashto, Northern
2,300
Hindko, Northern
800
Primary Language Uzbek, Northern (248,000 speakers)
Language Code uzn   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Dari 25,000
  Pashto, Central 5,000
  Pashto, Northern 2,300
  Hindko, Northern 800
People Groups Speaking Uzbek, Northern

Primary Language:  Uzbek, Northern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1891-1992)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1992-2010)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
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 Uzbek, Northern
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video More Than Dreams-Mohammed
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Tomb of Daniel
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
General Got Questions Ministry
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Oʻzbekcha (Ўзбекча) - Uzbek
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Fulvio Spada  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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