Northern Kurd in Denmark


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Introduction / History

The Northern Kurds are part of a much greater Kurd population. They are made up of a number of clans, tribes, and tribal confederations, many of which have been in existence for thousands of years. This large people group shares several important and common ties. Not only do they speak closely related languages (collectively called Kurmanji), but they also share a common culture, geographical homeland and sense of identity.

Most Kurmanji speaking Kurds are from Iraq, Iran and Turkey. There have been many times since the 1980s when they have had to flee for their lives to places like Denmark. Those in Denmark usually live in Copenhagen.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In Denmark, the Kurds celebrate their own festivals and many attend mosque. Some are more adjusted to the Danish way of life than others.

In the 2010s, some Kurdish people in Denmark left to wage war against ISIS. There was a controversy about whether or not Denmark should accept them back in the country.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Nearly all Kurds are Muslims, most being Sunnis. They first embraced Islam after the Arab conquests of the seventh century. They look to Islam as a basis for social justice.

However, despite being predominantly Sunnis, religion has created deep rifts among the Kurds. These differences also have prejudicial overtones towards the lower class. Many of the dispossessed Kurd minorities have become associated with the secret and unorthodox sects like the Yezidis--the most fervently rebellious people in Kurd society.


What Are Their Needs?

There are still few known believers living among the Northern Kurds in Denmark. The New Testament has been translated into their Kurmanji language. The Northern Kurds need hearts that are open to being at peace with God through the blood of Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Holy Spirit will give mission agencies strategies for reaching Kurdish Muslims with the gospel.
Ask God to use the small number of Northern Kurdish believers as a clear gospel witness to their own people in Denmark.
Ask the Holy Spirit to soften their hearts towards Christ followers so that they will be receptive to the gospel.
Pray that God will raise up a strong Disciple Making Movement among the Kurmanji speaking Northern Kurds.


Scripture Prayers for the Kurd, Kurmanji in Denmark.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurds_in_Denmark
http://www.rudaw.net/english/kurdistan/060220162
http://www.rudaw.net/english/world/130520151
https://kurdishrights.org/2013/02/13/discrimination-of-the-kurds-also-in-denmark/
https://www.rudaw.net/english/world/130520151


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kurd, Kurmanji
People Name in Country Kurd, Kurmanji
Natural Name Northern Kurd
Pronunciation kerd
Alternate Names Behdini; Kermanji; Kurmanji; Turkish Kurd; Yazidi; Yezidi
Population this Country 21,000
Population all Countries 14,881,000
Total Countries 33
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 12877
ROP3 Code 105458
ROP25 Code 304412
ROP25 Name Kurd
Country Denmark
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Denmark
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.40 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
93.50 %
Non-Religious
6.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Kurdish, Northern (21,000 speakers)
Language Code kmr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Kurdish, Northern (21,000 speakers)
Language Code kmr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Kurdish, Northern

Primary Language:  Kurdish, Northern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1856-2016)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1872-2005)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2008)
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Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
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Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kurdish, Northern Jesus Film Project
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Mobile App Android Bible app direct APK download SIL
Mobile App Android Bible app: Kurdish, Northern YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
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