North Iraqi Arab in Iraq


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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Iraq was home to some of the oldest civilizations known to man. This land was part of what was known as the Fertile Crescent where agriculture and trade flourished. It was the place where some of the early developments of Western civilization began; the invention of the wheel, the planting of the first cereal crops, the development of mathematics, astronomy, etc. Babylon was a state in Lower Mesopotamia was founded by a powerful Amorite king by the name of Sumuabum in 1894 BC. One of the Amorite dynasties was established in city state of Babylon which would eventually emerge as the first Babylonian empire. A later Babylon Empire was noted for it’s moral evil, but also its great flourishing in economics, agricultural production, architectural projects, the arts, and science.During the early days of the spread of Islam and Arab civilization, Iraq became Arabized and Muslim. It was at that point that one could say the people living there were “Arabs,” though the Kurds remained separate. Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, was an important center for trade during the “Golden Age of Islam,” the 9th and 10th centuries. It remained a world class city for hundreds of years despite being destroyed by the Mongols in 1258 and later by the Turks in 1401 when it fell under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. It remained part of the Ottoman Empire until the 20th century when it fell under the control of the British. Iraq officially gained her independence in 1932.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Since the ousting of Saddam Hussein in 2003, Iraq has been in a state of turmoil. Commonly, the three main groups, Sunni Muslim Arabs, Shia Muslim Arabs and Kurds have managed to take over one another’s homelands, sometimes bulldozing homes and driving their rivals to becoming Internally Displace Persons (IPPs), or refugees outside their country. Since there is very little willingness to share power for the common good, Iraqi Arabs will face poverty and misery for years to come.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Islam has greatly influenced the lives of the Iraqi Arabs. Most are either Sunni or Shia Muslim, the latter being unusual for Arabs. There has been great strife between the Sunni and Shia Muslims for political control for many years. The Shias are allied with their religious counterparts over the border in Iran. They are in the category of the “Twelvers,” meaning they follow 12 imams (teachers), the 12th being Muhammad ibn al-Hasan, whom they believe will someday return to bring peace and justice to the world. Shia Muslims also stress victimhood and martyrdom, and they commemorate events where their leaders were killed. The latter might be a possible bridge to the death of Christ on the cross. There are also some traditional Christians among the Iraqi Arabs.


What Are Their Needs?

Iraqi Arabs need peace in their land. They need a situation of cooperation so they can rebuild their nation and their industries.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Arab, North Iraqi in Iraq.

Pray for peace and justice in Baghdad and Iraq in general.Pray for the Iraqi Arabs to have the willingness to cooperate with all factors, allowing their country to rebuild.Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead Iraqi Muslims to Jesus Christ as the answer to their spiritual needs.Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among Iraqi Arabs.


Profile Source:   JoshuaProject  

People Name General Arab, North Iraqi
People Name in Country Arab, North Iraqi
Natural Name North Iraqi Arab
Population this Country 8,977,000
Population all Countries 10,337,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 180
Alternate Names
People ID 20327
ROP3 Code 116046
Country Iraq
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country North central concentration,Tigris and Euphrates valleys north of Baghdad, Salah ad Din, Al Anbar, Diyala, At Ta’mim, Ninawa, Arbil, and As Sulaymaniyah governorates; south enclave, northeast of An-Najaf, shared borders of An Najaf, Al Qadisiyah, and Babil governorates.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Iraq
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country North central concentration,Tigris and Euphrates valleys north of Baghdad, Salah ad Din, Al Anbar, Diyala, At Ta’mim, Ninawa, Arbil, and As Sulaymaniyah governorates; south enclave, northeast of An-Najaf, shared borders of An Najaf, Al Qadisiyah, and Babil governorates..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken (8,977,000 speakers)
Language Code ayp   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken (8,977,000 speakers)
Language Code ayp   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2012)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Stories of the Prophets - Jesus (Honest Worship)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
0.70 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
97.20 %
Non-Religious
0.20 %
Other / Small
1.90 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
9.0 %
Orthodox
3.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
3.0 %
Roman Catholic
85.0 %
Photo Source National Archives  Creative Commons 
Map Source Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source JoshuaProject  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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