Uzbeki Arabs in Uzbekistan


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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 was changing. 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. These people who straddle the Arabic and Turkic worlds still live in Central Asian countries like Tajikistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Uzbeki Arabs live much as they do in other parts of Central Asia.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Uzbeki Arabs in Tajikistan 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?

Uzbeki Arab speakers in Tajikistan need to put their identity in the person of Jesus Christ rather than in their ethnic or linguistic identity.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Uzbeki in Uzbekistan.

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.


References

https://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopedia-of-arabic-language-and-linguistics/uzbekistan-arabic-EALL_COM_0363 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P84cU8iU4P8 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Asian_Arabic


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Uzbeki
People Name in Country Arab, Uzbeki
Natural Name Uzbeki Arabs
Population this Country 1,100
Population all Countries 23,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Central Asian Arab
People ID 15757
ROP3 Code 110474
Country Uzbekistan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Navoiy, Qashqadaryo, and Buxoro regions; Samarkand region, middle and lower Zerafshan valley, a few in Katta-Kurgan town; small villages.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Uzbekistan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Navoiy, Qashqadaryo, and Buxoro regions; Samarkand region, middle and lower Zerafshan valley, a few in Katta-Kurgan town; small villages..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Arabic, Uzbeki Spoken (1,100 speakers)
Language Code auz   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Uzbeki Spoken (1,100 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
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
0.60 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.40 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
40.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
30.0 %
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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