Persian in Iran


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Introduction / History

The Persians are a people rich in history and culture, love and laughter, respect and honor. They enjoy a rich history of many empires of kings and kingdoms, poetry, art and advances in math and science. They were typically ruled by a king until the late 1970s, when their last king or shah was overthrown by Islamic revolutionists. Now Iran is an Islamic nation under the ayatollah, or religious leader. The revolution is still fresh in many of their memories and the current government has a heavy hand on them in many aspects of their life.


Where Are they Located?

They are mostly in Iran, however many Persians fled the country during the revolution due to religious and ideological persecution. There are many living around the world, with big populations now in Germany, England and the United States.


What Are Their Lives Like?

There is a large middle class now in most of Iran. Appearance is very important, so even lower class citizens can sometimes be seen wearing designer clothes. They are fiercely devoted to family and family get-togethers happen almost everyday. Because of the Islamic government, women are expected to cover their heads and wear a special dress in public. However, most are secular and only abide by the rules in public, since penalities are strict. Behind closed doors they enjoy music, dancing, games and get togethers. They love to laugh and have a great sense of humor.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are traditionally Muslim by birth, but lately this has been more and more distant in their hearts. Although the majority profess to being Muslim and believing in the prophet Mohammed, it is speculated less than 10 percent of their population strictly follows the practice of Islam. Because of many disappointments with their current government and other hardships, their hearts are surprisingly open to other religions. They are not strict Muslims and very hungry to hear about the True God and His Love demonstrated through His Son.


What Are Their Needs?

It is illegal to evangelize in the country of Iran and conversion is punishable by death. However many are coming to faith in Christ through supernatural encounters with Jesus. Also there are many who are encountering Christ through satellite TV and Christian stations.


Prayer Points

Pray for the harvest of the Persian people, which is strong in the Lord's heart.
Pray for a way for churches to meet legally and for religious freedom in their country.
Pray for the believers in Iran, that they would be safe and grow in their relationship with Jesus.
Pray the Lord would meet them in supernatural ways where missionaries cannot go.


Scripture Prayers for the Persian in Iran.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Additional Info
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People Name General Persian
People Name in Country Persian
Pronunciation PUR-zhun
Population this Country 39,721,000
Population all Countries 44,131,000
Total Countries 43
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 794
Alternate Names Fars; Irani; पर्षियन
People ID 14371
ROP3 Code 107987
Country Iran
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 9  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread. Most concentrated in central, south central, and northeast.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Iran
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 9  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread. Most concentrated in central, south central, and northeast..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Persian in Iran Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Persian, Iranian (39,721,000 speakers)
Language Code pes   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Persian, Iranian (39,721,000 speakers)
Language Code pes   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Persian, Iranian

Primary Language:  Persian, Iranian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1546-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1815-1979)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1838-2020)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources General / Other
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Persian, Iranian Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
Film / Video The Savior 0 - The Savior Trailer Create International
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.60 %)
1.80 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
97.50 %
Non-Religious
0.20 %
Other / Small
0.50 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
30.0 %
Orthodox
58.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
4.0 %
Roman Catholic
8.0 %
Photo Source Hamed Saber - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more