Zaza-Dimli in Turkey

Unreached of the Day  3/01/2018

Zaza-Dimli in Turkey

Dimli means "of Dailam", and it is likely these people are descendants of Dailamites (residents of a mountainous southwestern region of the Caspian sea called Dailam). They have been fierce warriors, focused on conquest. The Dimli differ from the Kurds in two ways: language and religion. They have a distinct dialect, and are seen as heretics by the Kurds, who are Sunnis. The Dimli follow Alevi Shiite religious traditions.

Ministry Obstacles

There is a need for Scripture and other language-based resources in the language of the Zaza-Dimli.

Outreach Ideas

Gospel radio broadcasts will be helpful, but sustained prayer is needed for the Zaza-Dimli.

Pray for the followers of Christ

Pray the few believers among the Zaza-Diml will grow in sharing and discussing God's Word with their families and communities. There are few if any followers of Jesus among this people group, but pray for those that will soon be evident. Pray that Zaza-Dimli believers will be well grounded in Scripture, and will be zealous to grow in the faith.

Pray for the entire people group

Pray for these people to live peaceful lives, establishing good relationships with the Turkish government and other ethnic groups.

Scripture Focus

"Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples." Psalm 96:3



People Name Zaza-Dimli
Country Turkey
10/40 Window Yes
Population 1,690,000
World Population 1,690,000
Language Zazaki, Southern
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Portions
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film No
Audio Recordings No
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image