Tunisian Arab in United States


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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.
There was little immigration by Tunisians to America before 1960 until the Peace Corps and Amideast volunteers came. In 1981, the Technology Transfer Program began and was there to help Tunisia with technology to help their economy. Through this, Tunisians had the chance to come to America to study. Late in the 20th century more Tunisians came to live in America. At that time a Tunisian American community came into being and it coincided with the growth of the internet.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Their Tunisian Community Center started in the United States. This organization holds events for the Tunisian Diaspora community. With their small population, many Tunisians blend in with other peoples from Arabic speaking countries. Tunisians tend to be more modern and secular than other Arab Muslim peoples. This mindset has, no doubt, helped Tunisians fit in with the secular American culture better than other Arabic-speaking people.
Tunisian Arabs typically live in proximity to their extended families and place a high value on family. But with many going to Europe for work, these family ties are becoming weaker.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Virtually all Tunisian Arabs are Sunni Muslim, even those in the United States. While many are nominal or secular, Islam heavily influences every aspect of Tunisian culture. Their religious practices include various ceremonies and festivals that bring them together as a community.


What Are Their Needs?

Most Muslims say they love Jesus, but few have heard his teachings. Resources in the various Arabic dialects are available; however, there needs to be a greater effort to effectively distribute these to Arabs in the United States. Believers can find spiritually hungry Muslims and teach them about Jesus from the Bible.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Tunisian Arabs people will hear about and accept the living Lord through every possible means.
Pray that they will be convicted of sin and ask the living Lord for forgiveness so they will finally know the assurance of salvation and have spiritual peace.
Pray that the softening of their traditional culture will create open doors for the gospel to be preached among them.
Ask the Lord to strengthen local churches among the Diaspora Arabs in the United States. May they become Christ centered and willing to share the savior with their Muslim neighbors.


Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Tunisian in United States.


References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunisian_American


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 20,000
Population all Countries 11,936,000
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 United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
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 1.00 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
98.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Tunisian (20,000 speakers)
Language Code aeb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Tunisian (20,000 speakers)
Language Code aeb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Tunisian
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