Southern Pashtun in United Arab Emirates


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Introduction / History

The Pashtun of Afghanistan and Pakistan have been called the largest Muslim tribal society in the world. There are at least 30 major tribes, and countless sub-tribes and clans. Spread over a vast geographical area and riven by socio-economic, political, tribal and linguistic (dialectical) differences, Pashtuns nevertheless share a unique sense of common identity. Pashtun identity is based on four elements: Heritage (descent from a common ancestor); Islam (99.9% Muslim); the Pashtunwali Code of Honor ("The Way of the Pashtun"); and to some extent, language (Pakhtu or Pashto). They live primarily in Afghanistan and Pakistan, though there is a significant Pashtun diaspora in the Arab Gulf and many Western countries. The Arab Gulf country where they are most likely to migrate is the UAE. This country has had good relations with Afghanistan for many decades, and they have been taking in Afghan refugees since the days of the Soviet invasion in 1979. Many arrived with very little except business savvy, and they have put it to good use in the UAE.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Pashtun Afghans in the UAE have a good business background which comes in handy in this business-friendly environment. Pashtuns are involved with many kinds of businesses: restaurants, car rentals, shops, jewelry, real estate, etc. The Afghan Business Council (ABC) began in 2005 to help newly arriving Afghans establish businesses in the UAE. The Pashtuns in the UAE enjoy their own types of food, and they almost always have a strong social network established.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Whether they are new in Western countries or they have never been to the original Pashtun homeland, Pashtuns almost always identify themselves as Sunni Muslims. They will be married in a mosque, and to be associated with another religious system would be unacceptable in their community. Those who want to take Christ to the Pashtuns will need to do just that; take Christ to them, not a religious system. The Pashtunwali Code of Honor erodes among Pashtuns who live in urban settings like Dubai. Some of them have only a weak identity as Pashtuns. They need to find their identity in the Savior who loves them and wants them to be transformed into His likeness.


What Are Their Needs?

The Pashtuns need to hear of the only Savior of mankind, the one who can give them abundant life if they would allow Him.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Pashtun, Southern in United Arab Emirates.

Pray for accuracy in Bible translations in progress. Pray for more workers to serve among the Pashtun people in the UAE—in education, business, healthcare, development, and other professional areas. No one knows how many Pashtuns are following Jesus. Seeds of the gospel have been sown widely. The greatest barriers to faith are social and cultural. Pray for God’s Spirit to strengthen and protect new believers and to empower their lives and witness.


References

https://gulfnews.com/uae/immigration-rules-eased-for-afghans-1.430938
https://www.khaleejtimes.com/uae-is-our-haven-the-afghan-community


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  
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People Name General Pashtun, Southern
People Name in Country Pashtun, Southern
Natural Name Southern Pashtun
Population this Country 146,000
Population all Countries 10,055,000
Total Countries 9
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Afghan; Afghan Pathan; Khan; Pashto; Pashtun; Pathan; Pukhtun; Pushtun
People ID 14327
ROP3 Code 109502

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Primary Language Pashto, Southern (146,000 speakers)
Language Code pbt   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Pashto, Southern (146,000 speakers)
Language Code pbt   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Pashto, Southern

Primary Language:  Pashto, Southern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1971-2011)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Pashto Radio
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Pashto, Southern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
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 COMIBAM / Sepal 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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