Saharan Arab in Senegal

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

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.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Saharan Arabs used to be nomads, but they settled in towns and cities after they arrived in Senegal. They adapted to Senegal's wetter climate.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Saharan Arabs in Senegal 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.

What Are Their Needs?

As farmers and herders, the Saharan Arabs are at the mercy of weather fluctuations. Food may be a problem during dry years. Lack of food may lead to disease and starvation.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Saharan in Senegal.

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 in Senegal 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 fellowships 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 46,000
Population all Countries 97,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Saharan Arab
People ID 14638
ROP3 Code 108511
Country Senegal
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Saint-Louis and Matam regions.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Senegal
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Saint-Louis and Matam regions..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Hassaniyya (46,000 speakers)
Language Code mey   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Hassaniyya (46,000 speakers)
Language Code mey   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hassaniyya

Primary Language:  Hassaniyya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2002-2005)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Audio New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hassaniyya
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hassaniyya
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.50 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
15.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
75.0 %
Photo Source Bethany World Prayer Center 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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