Tunisian Arab in Türkiye (Turkey)


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Introduction / History

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. Ancient baptisteries and sites of martyrdom can be found 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. Still, Tunisia is a relatively prosperous country by Arab standards. Between that and the small population, the Tunisian Arab Diaspora is small. Some are in Turkey.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Women currently have more rights than in other Arab countries. Many women hold government offices and professional careers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Tunisian Arabs are very secular. Many Tunisians seldom or never go to a mosque. However, they identify with Sunni Islam like the majority Turks. Tunisian Arabs believe the tenets of Islam, but it is hard for them to practice them.


What Are Their Needs?

Tunisian Arabs need the spiritual hunger it takes to get beyond either secularism or Sunni Islam. They need to understand why Jesus came and why they need him to be central in their families.


Prayer Points

Pray that Tunisian Arab families would come to faith in Jesus.
Pray that Arab Christians would be impassioned to reach Arab Muslims.
Pray for Tunisian Arab fellowships that will plant other churches.
Pray for a clear vision of how to spread the gospel among Tunisian Arabs and Turks.


Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Tunisian in Türkiye (Turkey).


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 6,100
Population all Countries 11,936,000
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 15641
ROP3 Code 110285
ROP25 Code 300423
ROP25 Name Arab, Tunisian
Country Türkiye (Turkey)
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 50  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Türkiye (Turkey)
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 50  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Tunisian (6,100 speakers)
Language Code aeb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Tunisian (6,100 speakers)
Language Code aeb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Tunisian
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Profile Source Joshua Project 
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