Persian in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Did you know that the lead singer of the rock group Queen, Freddy Mercury, was a descendant of Persians who live in India? Many Persians still practice the ancient Persian pre-Islamic religion of Zoroastrianism. They left Persia to escape Muslim persecution. Other Persians in India are Sunni Muslims fled Iran to leave the persecution by the majority Shia. Other Shia Muslim Persians came to India with Babar the founder of the Mughal Dynasty in 1525. The Parsis are some of the wealthiest, most successful people in India. Most speak Hindi, English and the local languages where they live.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Parsis own businesses and work in the professions. Parsi parents strongly encourage their sons and daughters to graduate from universities. They are among the best educated people in India. They are physicians, engineers, scientists, and leaders in finance. The Parsis tend to marry within their group although marry outside their people is becoming more common. They live in modern Indian cities yet at the same time endeavor to preserve their unique culture and customs.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Persians typically follow Shia Islam or Zoroastrianism. Zoroastrianism is the ancient faith of Persia sometimes called "the religion of fire." The prophet Zoroaster began the religion back the in sixth century BC. He taught that life as a cosmological battle between the good, wise God and forces of evil. The good God will triumph in the end times according to their sacred writings. Modern scholars have a difficult time classifying Zoroastrianism since there is no one leader or uniform tradition. Zoroastrian theology features the importance of following the Threefold Path revolving around Good Thoughts, Good Words, and Good Deeds. The believer is to practice charity and venerate nature as God's creation. Zoroastrians are typically against conversion. One must be born into a Zoroastrian family to participate in the religion.


What Are Their Needs?

The Persians need to hear about the true Prophet, Priest and King, Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and bring them into a personal, loving relationship with the God of the Bible. They need to understand that wealth and success will not bring them peace of mind or lasting joy.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Persian in India.

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will give the Persians a willingness to search and find the true God. Pray for a disciple making movement that among the Persians in India this decade. Pray for the Lord to send out workers to the Persian people and tell them about Jesus, the good news of God.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Persian
People Name in Country Persian
Pronunciation PUR-zhun
Population this Country 7,600
Population all Countries 42,335,000
Total Countries 42
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Fars; Irani; पर्षियन
People ID 14371
ROP3 Code 107987
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 21
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Maharashtra
3,300
Bihar
1,000
Gujarat
600
Uttar Pradesh
500
West Bengal
500
Madhya Pradesh
400
Delhi
300
Telangana
300
Tamil Nadu
200
Karnataka
200
Uttarakhand
90
Rajasthan
70
Andhra Pradesh
70
Jammu and Kashmir
60
Chhattisgarh
50
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 21  (only 20 largest shown)
  Maharashtra 3,300
  Bihar 1,000
  Gujarat 600
  Uttar Pradesh 500
  West Bengal 500
  Madhya Pradesh 400
  Delhi 300
  Telangana 300
  Tamil Nadu 200
  Karnataka 200
  Uttarakhand 90
  Rajasthan 70
  Andhra Pradesh 70
  Jammu and Kashmir 60
  Chhattisgarh 50
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Persian, Iranian (7,600 speakers)
Language Code pes   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Persian, Iranian (7,600 speakers)
Language Code pes   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Persian, Iranian

Primary Language:  Persian, Iranian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1546-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1815-1979)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1845-2014)
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
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Persian, Iranian
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 0 - The Savior Trailer
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video Zume Project - Making Multiplying Disciples
General Got Questions Ministry
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Hamed Saber  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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