Zaza-Alevi in Germany

Map Source:  People Group location: Joshua Project, Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Zaza-Alevi
Country: Germany
10/40 Window: No
Population: 30,000
World Population: 263,000
Primary Language: Zazaki, Northern
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Kurd
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
Progress Level:


Do you know what it's like to not fit in? The Zaza-Alevi people living in Germany do. They consider themselves Muslims but have retained some ancient beliefs, giving them the label "heretic" by orthodox Sunni Muslims. They consider themselves to be Kurdish, but their language is unintelligible to Kurds. The Turks also do not accept the Zaza-Alevi as part of their people. The Zaza people speak German at work, Turkish in their neighborhoods and Northern Zazaki at home.

Ministry Obstacles

Because of being rejected and set apart, the Zaza-Alevi tend to be protective of their language and culture. This is a wall that believers will have trouble penetrating.

Outreach Ideas

The JESUS Film is available in Northern Zazaki, the heart language of the Zaza. German churches can reach out and help the Zaza learn German, enroll their children in schools and settle into their new country.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may be few if any Christian believers among the Zaza-Alevi of Germany. If there are, pray that the Lord would bring them together under the banner of Christ.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray that the Lord would convict the hearts of the Zaza of their need of the only Savior and his forgiveness. Ask the Lord to raise up disciples among the Zaza-Alevi of Germany in this decade.

Text Source:   Joshua Project