Mishari Tatar in Russia

The Tatar, Mishari have only been reported in Russia
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Introduction / History

Mishars are a Tatar ethnic group inhabiting the right bank of the Volga River up to the right bank of the Oka River to the north in Niznyi Novgorod, Penza and Ulyanovsk regions. The locals refer to the area as Misharistan, because it is the land of Mishar Tatar.

They speak a western dialect of the Tatar language. They carefully preserve their traditions. Despite the actions of the Soviet Government to eradicate religion in the country, the local Tatars have managed to preserve wooden mosques -- unique historical monuments with a 200-year history. But what is more interesting; the Mishar Tatars not only honor their own tradition, but keep and respect ancient Russian traditions. During the Majlis (Assembly), funeral or religious holidays, they place samovars on their tables and drink tea from saucers in the ancient Russian manner.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mishar Tatar are of the Hanafite branch of Sunni Islam. The Tatar's Volga area has been an Islamic stronghold since the ninth century. Nevertheless, the Tatar's beliefs remain more liberal and intellectual than the beliefs held by the more Orthodox Muslims of Central Asia or the Caucasus. For instance, in many of their mosques, prayer times have been arranged so as not to conflict with work schedules. Women have also been encouraged to join the men at the mosques instead of praying at home, as is the usual custom.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Tatar, Mishari in Russia.

Ask the Lord to call those who are willing to go to Russia and share Christ with the Mishar Tatar.
Pray that God will give missions agencies favor and strategies for reaching these Muslims.
Ask God to open doors for Christian businessmen, teachers, and other tentmakers to share the Gospel with them.
Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Mishar Tatar towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
Ask the Lord to raise up a strong local church among the Mishar Tatar.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Tatar, Mishari
People Name in Country Tatar, Mishari
Natural Name Mishari Tatar
Pronunciation mish-ar-ee Tah-tar
Population this Country 800
Population all Countries 800
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 20521
ROP3 Code 116825
Country Russia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Russia
Region Europe, Eastern and Eurasia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Tatar (800 speakers)
Language Code tat   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tatar (800 speakers)
Language Code tat   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tatar

Primary Language:  Tatar

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1864-2007)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-2005)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2015-2018)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, complete Bible
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tatar
Film / Video Korban
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Tatar
Text / Printed Matter IBT Russia - resources
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
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