Moroccan Arab in United Kingdom

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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 and Germany.

Morocco was the westernmost edge of Arab expansion. They conquered North Africa, including what is now Morocco. In Morocco, they dealt with indigenous peoples that the Romans called Berbers, and the people themselves called Amazigh. There was a blending of Arab and Amazigh cultures, so that today, there are cultural and linguistic differences between Arabs in the Arabian Peninsula and those who live in North Africa.

Moroccan Arabs have come to Europe seeking job opportunities and a better life than they had in Morocco. Economic relations between England and Morocco go back 800 years, and a small number of Moroccans settled in the UK in the 19th century. Mass migration from Morocco to the United Kingdom began in the 1960s, primarily consisting of migrant workers recruited for the hotel and catering industries. They were unskilled workers. In the 1970s, Moroccan women joined them, either as wives or as potential employees. The 1980s saw young-semi-skilled entrepreneurs and professionals arriving from the Moroccan city of Casablanca. By the early 1990s, skilled Moroccan professionals arrived in England from both Morocco and France.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Moroccan community in the UK has grown significantly due to high birth rates and sponsored migration of dependents. There is now a significant Moroccan community in Manchester. These British Moroccan Arabs are citizens of the United Kingdom whose ethnic origin lies in North Africa.

Maintaining their identity while being surrounded by European culture is very important to many Moroccan Arabs.

What Are Their Beliefs?

It is difficult for Moroccan Arabs in secularized England to maintain their Islamic identity. To do this, they sometimes get more immersed in Muslim activities, and stay clear of the European 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 the United Kingdom. They can do this in part by helping to teach language and work skills.

Prayer Points

Pray that God will raise up faithful intercessors who will stand in the gap for Moroccan Arabs in England.
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 England 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 the United Kingdom.

Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Moroccan in United Kingdom.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Moroccan
People Name in Country Arab, Moroccan
Natural Name Moroccan Arab
Pronunciation moh-RAH-kuhn AE-rub
Alternate Names Arabized Berber; Jemmari; Maghreb Arab; Maghrebi Arab; Maghrib Arab; Moroccan Arab; Moroccan Arab-Berber; Moroccan Arabized Berber
Population this Country 34,000
Population all Countries 30,594,000
Total Countries 22
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 13819
ROP3 Code 106804
ROP25 Code 300412
ROP25 Name Arab, Moroccan
Country United Kingdom
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United Kingdom
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.90 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Moroccan (34,000 speakers)
Language Code ary   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Moroccan (34,000 speakers)
Language Code ary   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Moroccan
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