Bahraini Arabs in Oman


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Introduction / History

Bahraini Arabs are related to the two million Arabs spread over the Middle East and North Africa, bound loosely together by a religious and cultural heritage. Arabs trace their ancestry back to Ishmael, the son of Abraham, and his wife's maid, Hagar. For centuries the Arabs lived as Bedouin tribesmen, like Abraham. During the seventh century, the prophet Mohammed drew many of the Arab tribes together by giving them a common religion, Islam. The great majority of Bahrain's people are Arabs. They speak the traditional language of Arabic, although English is becoming more common. Though most live in Bahrain, a small number live in the nearby Arab nation of Oman.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Bahrainis speak their form of Arabic, and they have to make adjustments to learning Omani Arabic when they live in that country.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of Bahraini Arabs follow Islam, the religion of their heritage and their culture. The ruling family and many townspeople are Sunni Muslims, while the northern villagers are Shia. Because the British ruled Bahrain for over a hundred years prior to 1971, two Anglican churches remain in Bahrain. Mainland Arabs criticize the Bahrainis for not being strict enough about traditional religious values. The women still prefer head coverings and long sleeves, but fewer wear traditional veils than in previous generations.


What Are Their Needs?

More than most Arabs nations, Bahrain has grown increasingly open to Western influence. More than ever before the Bahraini Arabs are listening to new ideas and considering new perspectives on life. Nevertheless, their culture and Islamic religion are so closely bound together, that it is difficult for them to accept any other world view. They consider the moral values of Western Christians to be pagan.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Bahraini in Oman.

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will move the Bahraini Arabs in Oman from darkness to the light of Christ. Pray for ample opportunities for these Arabs to seek and find the only Savior. Pray for a movement to Christ among Bahraini Arabs in the 2020s.


References

https://www.indexmundi.com/factbook/compare/oman.bahrain http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2020/06/10


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Bahraini
People Name in Country Arab, Bahraini
Natural Name Bahraini Arabs
Natural Pronunciation bah-HRAY-nee
Population this Country 19,000
Population all Countries 925,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Arabic, Baharna Spoken; Bahraini Arab
People ID 10572
ROP3 Code 100772
Country Oman
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 44  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Az Zahirah and Al Batinah governorates.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Oman
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 44  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Az Zahirah and Al Batinah governorates..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Arabic, Baharna Spoken (19,000 speakers)
Language Code abv   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Baharna Spoken (19,000 speakers)
Language Code abv   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Baharna Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Baharna Spoken

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
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 Mahmood Al-Yousif  Creative Commons 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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