Arabs in Rwanda


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Introduction / History

Who is an Arab? Arabs' physical, geographical, and religious aspects vary greatly, but the ability to speak Arabic and identification with the Arabic culture are probably the two most essential elements. A century ago Omani Arabs were part of the powerful Omani trading empire, and they ventured to Burundi and Rwanda. These ancestors were very likely slave and ivory traders. Some were salt and cotton merchants. They came, they liked the place, they stayed. They intermarried. They assimilated linguistically.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Commonly the Arabs in Rwanda are merchants and businessmen. For most of the Diaspora Arabs in East Africa, there have been a greater variety of job opportunities. This has greatly aided their living conditions. However, it has also weakened their traditional family ties. There is greater freedom for women to leave the home, fewer arranged marriages, and less social pressure to conform to traditional religious practices.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The historical link between Arabs and the Islamic religion is still very strong. It was early in the seventh century that Mohammed first preached the tenets of Islam to the Arabs. His successors quickly spread the word of Allah far and wide. Wherever Arabs went, they left elements of their Arab culture, including their religion.


What Are Their Needs?

Arabs in Rwanda need the opportunity to have a relationship with the only Savior, Jesus Christ. There are fervent Rwandan believers who can reach out to them.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Arab in Rwanda.

Pray for Rwandan believers to persevere in outreach to the Arabs among them.
Pray for spiritual discernment and hunger among the Muslim Arabs in Rwanda.
Pray for Arabs to have dreams of Jesus that will lead them to the cross.
Pray for a Disciple Making Movement to flourish among Arabs in Rwanda.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-01-14
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-01-17
People Name General Arab
People Name in Country Arab
Natural Name Arabs
Population this Country 2,700
Population all Countries 704,000
Total Countries 31
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Anglolan Arabs; Baggara; Bedouin Arab; Bosnian Muslims; Chavus; Coast; Coast Arab; Hemat; Iraqi Arab; Lebanese Arab; Levantine Arab; Nawar; Palestinian Arab; Palestinian Arabs; Saudi Arab; Syrian Arab; Syro-Lebanese Arab; अरब
People ID 10375
ROP3 Code 100425
Country Rwanda
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Rwanda
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Arabic, North Levantine Spoken (2,700 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, North Levantine Spoken (2,700 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, North Levantine Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, North Levantine Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1939-1981)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video The Story
Film / Video Together Toward Growth
Film / Video Together Toward Growth (EngSub)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible )
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
98.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
25.0 %
Roman Catholic
65.0 %
Photo Source Pat Brasil  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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