Affinity Group: Central Asian Peoples

Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median

People Cluster: Tajik

Language: Wakhi - (wbl)

Alternate Name(s):

Primary Religion: Islam - Shia

Country: Tajikistan

Also found in: Afghanistan; China; Pakistan

Population: 16,500

Global Population: 66,100

PEID: 24517

ROP: 103535

Progress of the Gospel: Engaged yet Unreached

Global Status of Evangelical Christianity: Less than 2% Evangelical, No Active CP Activity

Overview: The Wakhi of Tajikistan, numbering 16,500, are Engaged yet Unreached. They are part of the Tajik people cluster within the Persian-Median affinity bloc. Globally, this group totals 66,100 in 4 countries. Their primary language is Wakhi. The primary religion practiced by the Wakhi is Shia Islam, one of two major denominations of Islam. The followers of Shia Islam are called 'Shi'as' or 'Shiites'.

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