Lebanese Arab in Canada


Population
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Some Lebanese consider themselves Arabs while others associate themselves with the ancient Phoenicians. Both groups have made their mark on world history through trade and power. Others consider the Lebanese to be Levantine Arabs, referring to those who originated in Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine or Syria. Some also include Arabs from Egypt, Iraq and Turkey. Like their ancient ancestors, today's Lebanese Arabs live all over the world. One can find them in most parts of the world including Canada.
The first Lebanese Arab who settled in Canada was Abraham Bounadere. He settled in Montreal in 1882. For decades, most Lebanese who entered Canada were Christian because of restrictive immigration laws. After WWII, these laws were relaxed, and more recent immigrants are often Muslim or Druze. There was an influx of Lebanese who left for various countries during the Lebanese Civil War starting in 1975 and ending in 1990.
Today the Lebanese are among the largest Arabic-speaking peoples in Canada. They tend to be French speaking, and one is most likely to find them in Montreal or Ottawa.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Some Lebanese with a Muslim background feel like victims of Islamophobia. Others disagree.
Lebanese in Canada can be students or take on a number of different occupations. They lean towards small business ownership.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Lebanese Arabs in Canada are from various traditional Christian backgrounds. They are in the majority, but there are Druze and Muslims among them as well.


What Are Their Needs?

Whether they are Muslim or traditional Christian, the Lebanese Arabs in New Zealand need to put their hope and trust in Jesus Christ. They need the infilling of the Holy Spirit and the willingness to obey Christ so they can experience abundant life.


Prayer Points

Pray for their traditional Druze, Muslim and Christian cultures to soften, creating open doors for the gospel to spread far and wide among them.
Pray for their fellowships to be Christ centered rather than tradition centered.
Pray there will soon come a day when the Lebanese people will send loving workers to unreached people groups in the Middle East and Europe.
Pray for spiritual hunger and a discernment that will keep them away from spiritual counterfeits.


Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Lebanese in Canada.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebanese_people
https://www.reddit.com/r/lebanon/comments/jzwvd8/why_do_some_lebanese_say_they_are_not_arab_what/
https://www.independent.co.uk/property/house-and-home/phoenician-or-arab-a-neverending-debate-in-lebanon-5547901.html
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/outintheopen/come-to-pass-1.5289465/i-m-lebanese-canadian-but-my-white-passing-appearance-gives-me-a-window-into-the-racism-of-others-1.5290049
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/druze-dating-diaspora-toronto-exclusion-1.4904888


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Lebanese
People Name in Country Arab, Lebanese
Natural Name Lebanese Arab
Population this Country 153,000
Population all Countries 6,384,000
Total Countries 43
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Lebanese Arab; Lebanese Shiite; Lebanese Sunni
People ID 13017
ROP3 Code 105688
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Toronto (Mississauga), Montreal (Saint-Laurent)   Source:  Global Gates 2021
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Toronto (Mississauga), Montreal (Saint-Laurent).   Source:  Global Gates 2021

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
70.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
20.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
10.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, North Levantine Spoken (153,000 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, North Levantine Spoken (153,000 speakers)
Language Code apc   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, North Levantine Spoken
Photo Source DFID - UK - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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