Tuerke in Kyrgyzstan

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Introduction / History

The Tuerke, who are ethnically and linguistically distinct from all other peoples in Central Asia. Their name is a generic term for all Turkic peoples. They are also known as the Ili Turki, named after their location. They speak the Illi Turke language and live in China and Kyrgyzstan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Although the Tuerke possess their own set of customs, they are gradually replacing them with those of the Kazaks, Uzbeks and Kyrgyz. The Tuerke are fond of dancing and telling folk tales. In keeping with Islamic regulations, Tuerke women are required to wear veils; these are not the full-face veils worn in the Middle East.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Tuerke people are completely Muslim who believe that Allah spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. They believe that to live a righteous life, they must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times each day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.

What Are Their Needs?

No Bible resources exist in the Tuerke people living in Kyrgyzstan, although full resources have been produced in Russian. Tuerke need to know about the lifesaving provision of Lord Jesus so they can live with him in eternity.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give Tuerke people such a spiritual hunger that they will find Him no matter what it takes. Pray for workers to go to Tuerke family and village leaders to tell them what Jesus can do for their communities. Pray for Tuerke disciples who will make disciples, who in turn will make even more disciples.

Scripture Prayers for the Tuerke in Kyrgyzstan.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Tuerke
People Name in Country Tuerke
Pronunciation too-ER-keh
Alternate Names Ili Turk; Turk; T'urk
Population this Country 300
Population all Countries 600
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 12210
ROP3 Code 103991
ROP25 Code 303182
ROP25 Name Ili Turki
Country Kyrgyzstan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Kyrgyzstan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Map of Tuerke in Kyrgyzstan Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Ili Turki (300 speakers)
Language Code ili   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Ili Turki (300 speakers)
Language Code ili   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Ili Turki

Primary Language:  Ili Turki

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
Photo Source (Representative photo)
DFAT - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: Web research. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.

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