Pray for: Tajikistan

Flag for Tajikistan

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Asia
Capital: Dushanbe
Population: 10,331,513
% Urban: 27.7 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 37.1 %
Official Language: Tajik
Languages: 33
Literacy Rate: 99 %
Life Expectancy: 71.6 yrs (140/236)
HDI Ranking: 122 / 189
% Christian: 1 %
% Evangelical: 0.1 %
Largest Religion: Muslim
% Largest Religion: 93.9 %
People Groups: 39
Least Reached People Groups: 31
% Unevangelized: 56 %
Persecution Ranking: 44 / 50


Title: Tajikistan

Tier: 1

Type: country

Although Islam is the religion of 94% of the population, only a small fraction practice “pure” Islam. Most are more influenced by folk superstitions and Zoroastrian beliefs. Mosques sprouted up everywhere in the years following independence, but now the government places severe restrictions on mosque building. Tajikistan’s proximity to Iran and Afghanistan makes it vulnerable to Islamism. Pray for extremism to be restrained, and that Muslims might have unprecedented opportunities to discover Christ.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.