People Group Profiles

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Bosniak of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 242,915

ROP3 Code: 101629
IMB Affinity Group: European Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Eurasian Peoples
People Cluster: Slav, Southern
Language: Bosnian - (bos)
Religion: Islam
Country of Origin: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Majority Located Where

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 70,000

  St. Louis, MO - 50,000

  Jacksonville, FL - 12,000

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 10,000

  Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI - 10,000

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Brief Profile

The term “Bosniak” refers to the majority ethnic group of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnia-Herzegovina is located in Eastern Europe across the Adriatic Sea from Italy. An estimated 2.1 million Bosniaks live in Bosnia-Herzegovina with another 2.8 million scattered around the world. They arrived in North America in three waves at the beginning of the 20th Century, during the post-World War II period in the 1950’s, and even more after the civil war in Bosnia in the 1990’s.

Most Bosniaks are Muslims that blend Western values with their Islamic traditions. Bosniak immigrants formed the first American Muslim organization in 1906 in Illinois. They work hard to maintain their Bosniak identity by forming organizations like the Congress of North American Bosniaks. Bosniaks are diverse regarding their religious devotion and assimilation into North America.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that God will reveal himself to the Bosniaks and soften their hearts.
  • Pray that God will save and call out Bosniak Christian leaders to establish a witness among Bosniaks in North America. Pray for their endurance and obedience.
  • Pray for more laborers to join the work in reaching Bosniaks for Christ.
  • Pray for Bosniak communities in Chicago and St. Louis.

People Group Resources

Bible in Bosnian
Information on the Bible in Bosnian.

Got Questions?
Your Questions. Biblical Answers. In Bosnian.

Global Recordings Network - Bosnian
Audio Bible stories and resources in Bosnian.

IndigiTube - Bosnian
The Prophets' Story Creation to Christ video in Bosnian.

Jesus Film in Bosnian
JESUS film video in Bosnian

Learning Resources

Learn more about "Any-3"
Any–3 provides biblical principles and practical steps that have equipped hundreds of Christians to witness confidently and effectively. Over the past decade, thousands of Muslims have been engaged with the gospel.

Learn more about "Learning Paths"
Online Courses for embracing, encountering and engaging diaspora people. Work at your own pace. Begin anytime and complete the course according to your schedule. Interactive, Hands-On Application.

Learn more about "Reaching the Nations"
This book delineates five disciplines Christians should develop in order to effectively reach the nations. More specifically, it will guide Christians to develop an engagement strategy in their locale.

Loving Muslims Small Group Study
This Loving Muslims booklet is a two-week group study that takes a deeper look at Christ’s command to "love our neighbor."

World Religions - Beliefs Overview
An overview of major world religions and cults - their beliefs and practices.

Overview of Islam
Overview of Islam and its sub-groupings. Developed by the North American Mission Board, SBC. Includes generalized witnessing tips.

PG - Bosniak 2
4-page prayer guide that includes information Bosniaks are Bosnians who are Muslims Produced by the North American Mission Board, SBC

Other Resources

Know God in 98 Languages
A CRU resource with 9 different witnessing models (e.g. 4 Spiritual Laws, etc.) in 98 languages.

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesCiceroChicago-Naperville-ElginIL70,000
United StatesBevo MillSt. LouisMO50,000
United StatesJacksonvilleJacksonvilleFL12,000
United StatesLawrencevilleAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA10,000
United StatesDes MoinesDes Moines-West Des MoinesIA10,000
United StatesGrand RapidsGrand Rapids-WyomingMI10,000
United StatesHamtramckDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI10,000
United StatesQueensNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY10,000
United StatesGlendalePhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ10,000
CanadaEtobicokeToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON6,485
United StatesUticaUtica-RomeNY5,000
United StatesBowling GreenBowling GreenKY5,000
United StatesPinellas ParkTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL4,950
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY2,500
United StatesKCMOKansas CityMO1,200
United StatesLincolnLincolnNE500
United StatesNashvilleNashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--FranklinTN450
United StatesPflugervilleAustin-Round RockTX70
United StatesWilmingtonWilmingtonNC22