Arab, Sudanese in Italy

Arab, Sudanese
Photo Source:  Anonymous 
Map Source:  Bethany World Prayer Center
People Name: Arab, Sudanese
Country: Italy
10/40 Window: No
Population: 2,000
World Population: 17,151,900
Primary Language: Arabic, Sudanese Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 3.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.50 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Arab, Sudan
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The first "pure" Arabs were called "Bedouins." They were tribal nomads from Saudi Arabia, famous for their love of poetry and war. The Sudanese are a tribe who branched off of the Bedouins. They are a heterogeneous people with a mixture of diverse blood and cultures. Sudanese Arabs originated in the Khartoum region of Sudan many centuries ago. Today, they live primarily in northern and central Sudan and in Egypt. A few groups are also scattered in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Libya, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates.

Since 1983, conflict between the predominately north Arab and southern animist and Christian regions of the Sudan has accounted for more than two million deaths. Also tragic are the recent atrocities to non-Arab African groups on the Western Sudan/Chad border in the region of Darfur. Killings, mass rapes, looting of livestock and burning of villages by the Arab militia, Janjaweed, have devastated the area. It is estimated that over 70,000 have lost their lives due to hunger and disease alone.

People from both Sudan and the newer country that broke away from it, South Sudan, fled to other countries. A small number have stayed in Italy after arriving there in hopes of building new lives.

Where Are they Located?

The Sudanese Arabs mix in with other Arabic speaking peoples in urban Italy. Often they live in Rome, Tuscany, Milan, or Florence.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Many of the Sudanese Arabs arrived in Italy either as refugees or as people wanting to earn a better living. Like other recent arrivals in Europe, they prefer to go to countries with stronger economies like Germany or England. The Italians sometimes look upon the with suspicion, thinking that they are taking jobs from the local people. The bulk of Sudanese Arabs who came to Italy did so between 2014-17. This would be an excellent time for believers to share the hope of Christ that every people can enjoy.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sudanese Arabs are Muslims, as are most Arabs. Identification with the Islamic religion is one of the primary cultural characteristics of most Arabs. They are devoted to their faith, and this is evident in their daily life.

While the men gather in the local mosque five times a day for prayer, women meet in homes and have their own religious services, conducted by female religious leaders. Only on certain occasions are the women permitted inside the mosques.

According to Islamic law, a man may have up to four wives. Rules concerning marriage and divorce are held in accordance to what is written in the Koran. Regulations regarding inheritance, taxation, wartime, submission to those in authority, and the roles of family members can also be found there.

What Are Their Needs?

Sudanese Arabs in Italy and other European countries need someone to train them in marketable job skills.

Prayer Points

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Sudanese Arab people in Italy teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Sudanese families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
* Pray for Sudanese families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
* Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Sudanese family leaders to experience God's blessing through family-based discovery Bible studies.

Text Source:   Keith Carey