Middle-Eastern Turkmen in Iraq

Unreached of the Day  12/23/2021

Middle-Eastern Turkmen in Iraq

The Turkmen in Iraq are the descendants of Central Asian people who migrated to Mesopotamia (Iraq is within that ancient region) starting in the 7th century. They are divided partly by religious adherence, Sunni or Shia Islam, and by clan affiliation. Many of the Turkmen clans are violently hostile to one another, both in Central Asia's Turkmenistan, and in Iraq. In Iraq, the situation is exacerbated by ISIS, which draws on some Turkmen Sunnis, while others fight against ISIS. Some of the Turkmen have migrated to Turkey hoping to find a more peaceful life among the more culturally near Turks. News articles in 2017 indicate that they are not always finding acceptance in Turkey.

Ministry Obstacles

Turkmen people usually identity with either Shia or Sunni Islam, but they can also be secular. Others put their hope in superstitions regarding the evil eye, etc. A small number are Christians who usually put their trust in traditions rather than the person of Christ.

Outreach Ideas

Iraq is a dangerous country, and most people, including the Turkmen, would love to have valuable work. Anyone who could teach them useful work skills or help them make an honest living would be welcome in their communities.

Scripture Focus

"Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”"  Revelation 5:13

Scripture Prayer

May God’s praises ring out forever among this people group!

Prayer Focus

* Pray that Turkmen believers in Iraq will give themselves over to the loving ways of Jesus Christ and draw their Muslim neighbors to the cross. * Pray for boldness and protection of Turkmen believers. * Pray for translation and distribution efforts for both the New Testament and the JESUS Film. Pray that these tools will be widely available to speakers of all Turkmen dialects spoken in Iraq. * Pray for a disciple making movement in the 2020s among every Turkmen subgroup in Iraq.



People Name Middle-Eastern Turkmen
PronunciationTERK-men
Country Iraq
10/40 Window Yes
Population 2,372,000
World Population 2,807,000
Language Azerbaijani, South
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image