Tunisian Arab in Netherlands


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Introduction / History

Tunisia, the smallest country in North Africa, boasts beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea to its north and vast expanses of the Sahara Desert in its south. One can view beaches, mountains, rich farmland, and arid desert all in a few hours' drive. Ancient Phoenician, Roman, and Byzantine ruins attract tourists and archaeologists alike.

In the first few centuries after Christ, Christianity spread throughout North Africa. A strong church was established in present-day Tunisia despite intense persecution from the Romans. Visitors can find ancient baptisteries and sites of martyrdom among the ruins. However, disunity, factions, and a failure to translate the Bible into the local languages weakened the church. When Arab invaders arrived in the 7th century an empty shell of a church was all that existed. Islam spread rapidly, and the Christian roots of the people were forgotten.



In 1956 Tunisia won its independence from France. Over the next 55 years, Tunisia only had two presidents and the people lived under repression and fear of the government. Tunisia was an Islamic state, but the former president had stifled most forms of extremism. The atmosphere of Tunisia is very secular. Many Tunisians seldom or never go to a mosque. Women currently have more rights than in other Arab countries. Many women hold government offices and professional careers. The turmoil of the Arab Spring was nowhere near as difficult in Tunisia than it was in other Arab countries. There are fewer Tunisians entering Europe than people from most other Arab Muslim countries because Tunisia has a relatively strong economy.

Most Tunisians remain in their small North African country, but some have tried to make a better living in European countries. These Tunisians are most likely to go to France or Italy, but a small number now live in the Netherlands where they blend in with other people from the Arab World.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Tunisian Arabs in Europe come from a middle-class background, but some are doing menial work. They found themselves less welcome in Europe as refugees from Iraq and Syria poured into Europe in the mid 2010s.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Virtually all Tunisian Arabs are Muslim. While many are nominal Muslims, Islam heavily influences every aspect of Tunisian culture. Their religious practices include various ceremonies and festivals. They believe in jinn (spirits) according to Muslim legend, capable of exercising influence over people. Some practice witchcraft which produces bondage and strong spiritual darkness.


What Are Their Needs?

It is difficult for people from the Arab World to assimilate into Dutch society. They come from a part of the world with a different language, religion, and customs. They can use the help of people who will teach them needed job skills and the local language.


Prayer Points

Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Tunisian Arabs in the Netherlands.
Pray for a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Tunisian Arab families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Tunisian Arab disciples to make more disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Tunisian in Netherlands.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Dutch_people_of_Tunisian_descent
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunisian_diaspora


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Tunisian
People Name in Country Arab, Tunisian
Natural Name Tunisian Arab
Pronunciation too-NEE-zhun AE-rub
Alternate Names Tunisian Arab
Population this Country 1,100
Population all Countries 12,039,000
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 15641
ROP3 Code 110285
ROP25 Code 300423
ROP25 Name Arab, Tunisian
Country Netherlands
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Netherlands
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
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.20 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
95.80 %
Non-Religious
4.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Tunisian (1,100 speakers)
Language Code aeb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Tunisian (1,100 speakers)
Language Code aeb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Tunisian

Primary Language:  Arabic, Tunisian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1903–2014)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1847-2011)
Bible-Complete No
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Arabic Bible Online Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories Story Runners
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Tunisian Spoken Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Arabic, Tunisian Spoken YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Arabic, Tunisian Spoken YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Photo Source Homayon Zeary - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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