Tsakhur in Azerbaijan

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Introduction / History

These lines from Song of Solomon could be the words of a Tsakhur person:

"Do not stare at me because I am dark-complected; for the sun has burned me... They made me caretaker of the vineyards, but I have not taken care of my own vineyard."

The Tsakhur are a proud mountain people, living in 13 villages in the high mountains of southern Dagestan in Russia and in 23 villages/towns across the border in northwestern Azerbaijan—at least 50,000 total population. In the southern reaches of Tsakhur territory, they tend vineyards, although shepherding and working with wool have been the primary economic feature of Tsakhur village life.

Prior to 1850, for centuries the Tsakhur were ruled by their own Tsakhur sultanate. And the Tsakhur are famous for their proverbs and love of wisdom. Tsakhur history is a rich tapestry of rugged beauty and communal identity, but one also beset with tragedy and a lack of grace. Islam gained ascendancy in the Tsakhur world a millenium ago, and at the present moment there are no known Tsakhurs who are infused with the grace of Jesus and His life-transforming Spirit. "I have not taken care of my own vineyard..."

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Tsakhur in Azerbaijan.

* Pray for bridges of respect and friendship from bearers of the gospel of Jesus to expand in the Tsakhur world.
* Pray for wide listening of an oral recording of the Gospel of Luke in Tsakhur finished in 2008, and for effective distribution of a brilliant audio version (2013) of the Book of Proverbs in Tsakhur.
* Pray that in this decade many Tsakhur will be infused with Jesus' grace and the Fruit of the Spirit—Galatians 5:22-23.

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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-03-29
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-11-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-03-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-09-27
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-03-25
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-11-26
People Name General Tsakhur
People Name in Country Tsakhur
Population this Country 31,000
Population all Countries 44,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Caxur
People ID 15587
ROP3 Code 110205
Country Azerbaijan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Qakh and Zaqatala districts. 16 villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Azerbaijan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Qakh and Zaqatala districts. 16 villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Tsakhur (31,000 speakers)
Language Code tkr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tsakhur (31,000 speakers)
Language Code tkr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tsakhur

Primary Language:  Tsakhur

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter IBT Russia - resources
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.11 %)
0.11 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.89 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
100.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source Bethany World Prayer Center 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source provided by NCRP  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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