Uzbeki Arab in Kyrgyzstan

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Introduction / History

In the 700s and 800s, Arabs were fanning out over a large part of North Africa and Central Asia to conquer and to spread the Islamic religion. Through the next couple hundred years, more Arabs settled in what are now the Central Asian countries. Sometimes they came as nomads, other times they came as soldiers. As time went on, they became isolated from the Arab World and their language began to change. Up until the early 20th century when the USSR took over the region, Uzbeki Arab speakers raised crops and livestock, while remaining true to Islam through religious education. They still live in various parts of Central Asia including Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Uzbeki Arabs in Kyrgyzstan live a simple like and practice Sunni Islam mixed with ancient spiritual practices.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Uzbeki Arabs are Sunni Muslims who believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. 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. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. The often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.

What Are Their Needs?

The Uzbeki Arabs in Kyrgyzstan need to put their hope and faith in Jesus Christ, the risen Savior. Without Him, they can never enjoy life to the full.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Uzbeki Arabs will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings. Pray for workers who are driving by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them. Pray that Uzbeki Arab leaders will have dreams and visions of Christ that will open them to Jesus. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among them to begin this decade.

Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Uzbeki in Kyrgyzstan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Uzbeki
People Name in Country Arab, Uzbeki
Natural Name Uzbeki Arab
Pronunciation ooz-BEH-kee
Population this Country 400
Population all Countries 23,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 2
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Central Asian Arab
People ID 15757
ROP3 Code 110474
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

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
24.47 %
Ethnic Religions
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75.53 %
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Primary Language Arabic, Uzbeki Spoken (400 speakers)
Language Code auz   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Uzbeki Spoken (400 speakers)
Language Code auz   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Uzbeki Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Uzbeki Spoken

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Arabic Bible Online Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Photo Source Arian Zwegers - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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