Cypriots, Turkish in Australia

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People Name: Cypriots, Turkish
Country: Australia
10/40 Window: No
Population: 30,000
World Population: 400,100
Primary Language: Turkish
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.80 %
Evangelicals: 0.70 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Turkish
Affinity Bloc: Turkic Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Turkish Cypriot live on the northern section of the Island of Cyprus, an island located in the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Turkey. As the descendants of Turkish Ottoman invaders who conquered Cyprus in the 16th century, the Turkish Cypriot proudly maintain Turkish customs, traditions, and language (Turkish). Today, the Turkish Cypriot make up about one-fifth of the island's total population. Various estimates point out that at least half of the Turks in Northern Cyprus are settlers from Turkey who emigrated in the last 30 or 40 years.
The Greeks, who inhabit the remainder of the Island, have been enemies of the Turks since the Ottoman invasion. Cyprus became an independent republic in 1960, a move that was supposed to end warfare between the Greeks and the Turks. However, the bitterness continued, and when war erupted again in 1963, the Greeks won economic control of the Island. Turkey invaded in 1974 and took control of the northern third of the island. Today, a border separates the two peoples, whose animosity has never allowed them to come to terms with one another. Some have moved to less stressful places like the US, Canada and Australia.

What Are Their Lives Like?

It is common for Turkish Cypriots to consume alcohol, a practice banned in Islam. They seldom have their own Islamic schools, and weddings are usually civil, not religious.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Turkish Cypriots maintain strong allegiance to their historic faith which doesn't leave room for a savior. Few are willing to listen to the blessed gospel.

What Are Their Needs?

Turkish Cypriot are Sunni Muslims, but they are more secular than most.

Prayer Points

The Turkish Cypriots in Australia need to have the chance to respond to Jesus' plea to come to him. They do not have that chance when they are in Cyprus living among Muslims.

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