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Tajikistan

Ranked as the #45 country where Christians face the most persecution 

QUICK FACTS

Leader: President Emomali Rahmon
Government: Republic

Population: 8.6 million (97,100 Christians)
Main Religion: Islam

Persecution Level: Sparse
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

OVERVIEW OF TAJIKSTAN

TajikstanTajikistan is the only Central Asian country with a Persian national language. Culturally, Tajikistan has more affinity with Iran and Afghanistan than the other countries in Central Asia because these are all Turkic countries.  Different groups of Christians are affected by persecution in Tajikistan, but Christian converts from Islam and non-traditional Protestant groups are targeted most. The government recently announced that 300 Tajik jihadists are fighting with the Islamic State; half of them women.

PRAYER POINTS

  • That Muslim Background Believers will be able to meet with other Christians to help them stay strong in their faith
  • That Christians will have access to Bibles and Christian materials to help them grow in God’s Word
  • For restrictions on Christian worship and meetings to be lessened in 2015

RESOURCES ON TAJIKSTAN

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