Arabic-speaking Moroccans in Sweden


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Introduction / History

Arabs represent the largest, most diverse, and most politically influential Muslim ethnic grouping in the world. While there are several characteristics that determine if a person is a true Arab, one trait is always evident: a proud sense of being an Arab. The early Islamic period was a time when "Arab identity" meant that all Arabs had descended from a common male ancestor. Thus, being an Arab brought recognition, honor and certain privileges. Their physical, geographical and religious aspects all vary greatly. However, the ability to speak Arabic (or an Arabic dialect) and identification with the Arabian cultural heritage are, perhaps, the two most essential elements. Arabs are the majority people in many countries in the Arabian Peninsula, the Maghreb, and all of North Africa. From there, Arab and Berber armies turned northward, and conquered the Iberian Peninsula (i. E. , Spain and Portugal), and held all or part of it till 1492. Arabs were not as much of a threat to northern European countries like Belgium, the Netherland, Norway, Sweden, and Germany. Moroccans have been migrating to Sweden since the early 1960s, a time when they were able to find jobs in the service industry: cleaning, driving, construction, etc. Unfortunately, things have taken a turn for the worse for them in recent years, so there are few Moroccans in Sweden compared with other parts of Europe.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today Moroccan Arabs have come to Sweden seeking educational and job opportunities and a better life than they had in Morocco. Sadly, there is a high percentage of street children and youths in Sweden from Morocco. Moroccan children in Sweden often do not get the education they need, which will make it very difficult for them to find adequate work. Moroccans are often deported from Sweden because they are not there seeking asylum, since Morocco has a stable government. Moroccan youths often blend in with Sweden's post-modern culture, but they are not likely to turn away from Islam, a big part of their identity.


What Are Their Beliefs?

It is difficult for Moroccan Arabs in secularized Sweden to maintain their Islamic identity. To do this, they sometimes get more immersed in Muslim activities, and stay clear of the Swedish culture around them. Secular humanism isn't a formal religious system, and it has very little appeal to Moroccan Arabs. Still, those who want to fit in with European culture probably become more secularized. It is hard to imagine where the Moroccan Arabs will be spiritually in a generation or two. Most likely, they will maintain their identity with Islam, but it will not affect their lives like it did in Morocco.


What Are Their Needs?

People who genuinely follow Christ will need to patiently and lovingly take the opportunity to take Christ to the Moroccan Arabs in Sweden. They can do this in part by helping to teach language and work skills.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Moroccan, Arabic-speaking in Sweden.

Pray that God will raise up faithful intercessors who will stand in the gap for Moroccan Arabs in Sweden. Pray that the softening of their traditional culture will soften their hearts so they will hunger for the truth and eagerly accept it when they hear it. Pray for a church planting movement among Moroccan Arabic speaking people in Sweden that will show others the transforming power of the gospel in their lives. Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches and discipleship movements among Diaspora Arabs in Sweden.


Profile Source:   JoshuaProject  

People Name General Moroccan, Arabic-speaking
People Name in Country Moroccan, Arabic-speaking
Natural Name Arabic-speaking Moroccans
Pronunciation
Population this Country 5,700
Population all Countries 28,862,000
Total Countries 21
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Arabized Berber; Jemmari; Maghreb Arab; Maghrebi Arab; Maghrib Arab; Moroccan Arab; Moroccan Arab-Berber; Moroccan Arabized Berber
People ID 13819
ROP3 Code 106804
Country Sweden
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Sweden
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Arabic, Moroccan Spoken (5,700 speakers)
Language Code ary   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Moroccan Spoken (5,700 speakers)
Language Code ary   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Moroccan Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Moroccan Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1902-1952)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2012)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Arabic, Moroccan Spoken
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Moroccan Spoken
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Moroccan Standard Translation
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.09 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.91 %
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
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
90.0 %
Photo Source Pixabay  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Profile Source JoshuaProject  
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