Omani Arab in United States


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Introduction / History

Omani Arabs were among the first people in the Middle East to accept Islam. Arabs have inhabited the territory that is now Oman for thousands of years. Omanis at one time had influence along the East African coast, including what is now Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar. Large numbers of Omanis migrated to Zanzibar and the Swahili coast of East Africa during a time when they viewed it as a land of opportunity. They prospered there until a bloody revolution forced most of them to return to Oman. Today, some of them are fleeing Oman because of poverty, seeking employment elsewhere. It is unlikely that Tanzania offers as excellent opportunities as some of the Gulf States closer to Oman. Omani Arabs originate in Oman, but they live in five other countries including Kenya and Tanzania. There is a small population of Omani Arabs in the United States.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Omani Arabs live in extended families. Family ties and religious traditions are strong. The Oman Arab standard is to accept others on their terms. For example, they view anything less than excessive generosity as rudeness. Their society is patriarchal, or male-dominated. The men seldom abuse this authority because they believe their families should obey them out of respect rather than fear. Also, there are clearly defined roles for both sexes. Even the children have gender-specific duties. Such conservative ways of doing things are likely to be challenged as the Omanis live in the United States and other Western nations.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Oman Arabs belong to the Ibadi sect of Islam, one of the religion's oldest and most traditional branches. Ibadi principles of puritanism and idealism have greatly influenced Arabs in surrounding countries. Sunnis are welcomed by the Ibadis with Sunni greetings.


Prayer Points

Pray for a spiritual discernment and hunger that will allow Omani Arabs in the United States to seek and find Christ. Pray for Holy Spirit-directed believers to go to the Omani Arabs in the United States. Pray for a disciple making movement to spread far and wide among Omani Arabs.


Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Omani in United States.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Omani
People Name in Country Arab, Omani
Natural Name Omani Arab
Pronunciation oh-MAH-nee
Population this Country 1,000
Population all Countries 2,782,000
Total Countries 10
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Arabic, Omani Spoken; Omani Arab
People ID 10378
ROP3 Code 100431
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Arabic, Omani Spoken (1,000 speakers)
Language Code acx   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Omani Spoken (1,000 speakers)
Language Code acx   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Omani Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Omani Spoken

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Arabic Bible Online Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
97.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source CharlesFred - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more