While there are several characteristics that determine whether or not a person is a true Arab. One trait is always evident: a proud sense of being an Arab. 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. In the modern Arab world, traditional values have been altered for most Arab groups. This can be attributed to the pressure to urbanize, industrialize and de-tribalize. However, many of the Saharan Arabs still live as desert shepherds no matter where they live. The Arabs migrated hundreds of years ago from the Middle East into North Africa, and from there many of them live in various parts of sub-Saharan Africa like Mali and Senegal.
The Saharan Arabs of Mali are mostly nomads. They are livestock herders who live in tents. They move their herds to the desert during the rainy season and move out of the desert during the summer. Food consists of yogurt, made from camel and goat milk. Bread and dates are their regular food. Clothes tend to be light weight and loose fitting. Men and women live in different parts of the tent. In recent years political unrest has become a problem. Some Saharan Arabs have joined the movement of Azwad, a separatist group that seeks to create an independent state for Mali's Saharan Arabs. The Azwad movement has at times taken control of towns in Mali, only to be driven out by French peace keeping troops.
Saharan Arabs in Mali are Muslims. They worship Allah and their beliefs are based on the Koran. Most Muslims believe Jesus is a prophet and not the Son of God who died for their sins. Those who live in the Saharan Desert are likely to seek protection from spirits that they cannot control. Few of them believe that Allah, the god of Islam, will intervene on their behalf.
There is a need for people to reach out to this people group with the message of salvation.
* Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Saharan in Mali.
Pray for God to send abundant rain to the Saharan Desert as a testimony to the Arabs of his goodness and sovereignty. Ask God to open the hearts of the Saharan Arabs to the message of salvation. Pray for faithful workers to take the message of salvation to the Saharan Arabs. Pray for the formation of Bible believing churches among the Saharan Arabs of Senegal.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Arab, Saharan|
|People Name in Country||Arab, Saharan|
|Natural Name||Saharan Arab|
|Population this Country||51,000|
|Population all Countries||97,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Saharan Arab|
|Region||Africa, West and Central|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||28 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Widespread. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Hassaniyya
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
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|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Audio New Testament|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Hassaniyya|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Hassaniyya|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels|
|Film / Video||The Prophets' Story|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|
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|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|