Turk in Iraq

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People Name: Turk
Country: Iraq
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 3,600
World Population: 67,389,400
Primary Language: Turkish
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.20 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
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 Turks in Iraq are also called Iraqi Turkmen, even though Turkmen normally refers to a different people group. They live to a large degree in northern Iraq and have close relations with Turkey.

The Turks in Iraq are descended from Turks who emigrated to Mesopotamia in the seventh century. The largest migration of them came during the Ottoman Empire. Many of the Turks in Iraq are descendants of Ottoman soldiers and traders during the Ottoman Empire. When the Ottoman Empire came to an end earlier last century, life became more difficult for them.

The Turks in Iraq have the greatest numbers in Kirkuk. Others live in Tel Afar, Mosul, Arbil, and in the capital Baghdad. They speak South Azeri or in a language similar to Anatolian Turkish.

What Are Their Lives Like?

These days the Turks in Iraq are becoming more and more mixed in with the people of Iraq. They have an important political presence regards the future of Iraq. After the downfall of Saddam Hussein, some Iraqi Turks were elected to the National Assembly of Iraq and to the Council of Representatives.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Some of them follow Sunni Islam while others follow Shia Islam. There is a small traditional Christian minority among them.

What Are Their Needs?

The Turk in Iraq need to accept the warm embrace of the only Savior so they can enjoy spiritually meaningful lives.

Prayer Points

Pray that the problems the Turks in Iraq are having will lead them to Jesus Christ.

Pray for a lasting peace in Iraq.

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