Luri, Northern in Iran

Luri, Northern
Photo Source:  Shadegan  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Luri, Northern
Country: Iran
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 1,894,000
World Population: 2,012,000
Primary Language: Luri, Northern
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Luri-Bakhtiari
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
Progress Level:


Luri is the name of a nomadic tribe of shepherds who live in the Zagros Mountains of southwestern Iran. They live as nomads, traveling six to eight months out of the year and living in black goat-hair tents. Luri society is dominated by those possessing the largest herds and the most money. Those from the upper class hire members of the lower class to tend their flocks.

Ministry Obstacles

The Luri are practicing Shi 'a Muslims. However, unlike many of the Shi 'a who tend to be entirely dogmatic in their beliefs, the Luri have adopted a very practical belief system with simple religious practices. Shrines dedicated to holy men (founders of various Islamic groups) are scattered throughout their region and are believed to possess healing powers. People with physical and psychological ailments visit them each year in hopes of being cured.

Outreach Ideas

Pray for God to demonstrate His blessing—strengthening and healing families and communities within the Northern Luri people so they will follow Him.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known followers of Christ among the Northern Luri people group in Iran.

Pray for the Entire People Group

* Pray that God will send messengers who will recognize and engage with persons of peace among the Northern Luri people in Iran.
* Pray that church planting movements will begin among this nomadic people.
* Ask Almighty God to cause His abundant life and love through Jesus to be widely embraced by these nomadic families, and that they will accept followers of Christ to live and work among them.

Text Source:   Keith Carey