Uyghur in Australia


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Introduction / History

Before 1921 the various Turkic groups in Xinjiang called themselves by the name of the oasis near which they lived. When Turkic leaders met in Tashkent in 1921, they chose the name Uygur as the mark of their identity. Uygur means "unity" or "alliance." Uyghurs speak a Turkic language, related to Uzbek, Kazakh, and Kirgiz. It also contains loanwords from Chinese, Arabic, Persian, Russian, and Mongolian. In the mid-eighth century the Uyghurs inhabited part of present-day Mongolia. Around AD 840 they were attacked from the north by the Kirgiz and fled southwest to their current homeland in what is now China's Xinjiang Province. Xinjiang is the border between the Chinese and the Turkic worlds. It is part of China, but the Uyghur people are Turkic in their looks, their religion and their culture. Many want to break away from China, causing violent clashes between the powerful Chinese government and the Uygur minority. As a result, some have left their homeland.


Where Are they Located?

Most the Uyghurs live in China, but many live in neighboring Central Asian countries like Kazakhstan and Turkey. There are a small number in Australia and other "Western" nations.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Uyghurs in Australia have arrived recently. They face trauma, and a deep-seated fear for the lives of those who remained in China. To make matters worse, the Chinese government sometimes successfully monitors them in other countries. All this time they are trying to deal with trauma and build new lives.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Uyghurs follow folk Islam. They confess Islam, a religion that does not offer life to the full. The mosque is a place for them to meet other Sunni Muslims. Those who confess Christ face social ostracism at a time when they are already emotionally damaged. Few will take that step.


What Are Their Needs?

Uyghurs must deal with emotional trauma in their new homelands. Most need to learn English and gain job skills.


Prayer Points

Pray that Uyghurs in Australia will surrender their hearts and minds to the Risen Christ. Pray for Australian believers to reach out to the Uyghurs among them. Pray for a strong disciple making movement among Uyghurs in Canada that will affect other Muslim peoples in that country.


Scripture Prayers for the Uyghur in Australia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Uyghur
People Name in Country Uyghur
Pronunciation WEE-gur
Population this Country 5,100
Population all Countries 12,311,000
Total Countries 17
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Huihe; Kashgar; Kashgar Turki; Kashgar-Yarkand; Taranchi; Uigher; Uighuir; Uighur; Uiguir; Uigur; Uygher; Weiwuer; Yuanhe; उयघुर
People ID 15755
ROP3 Code 110469
Country Australia
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Australia
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Australia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Uyghur (5,100 speakers)
Language Code uig   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Uyghur (5,100 speakers)
Language Code uig   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Uyghur

Primary Language:  Uyghur

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1898-1995)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1914-2005)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1950-2018)
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 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
Audio Recordings Xush Hewer Uyghur audio Bible General / Other
Film / Video Beware! Create International
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Uyghur Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video More Than Dreams-Ali Create International
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Uyghur YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language eBible.org
Text / Printed Matter Muqeddes Kitab General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Uyghurche Muqeddes Kitab Jemiyiti General / Other
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.40 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.50 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source EnricX - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more