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Arab, Omani in Kenya

Arab, Omani

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
27,000 Arabic, Omani Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.10 % No No   

Arab, Omani in Kenya

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Introduction / History
Arabs have inhabited the territory that is now Oman for thousands of years. The Omani are set apart from other ethnic groups by their unique use of the Southeast Asian Colloquial Arabic language and by their culture. They have a reputation for being excessively generous and polite, while remaining impersonal.

In the 1600s, an Omani imam, Saif bin Sultan, defeated Portuguese invaders in Mombasa, now part of Kenya's part of the Swahili Coast. That region became a land of great economic opportunity for Omanis. Omanis continued to migrate to this part of Kenya (and Tanzania) until the middle of the 20th century.

Where are they located?
Though most Omani Arabs remain in the Arabian Peninsula nation-state of Oman, some have lived for generations in nations like Somalia and Kenya.

What are their lives like?
The Omani Arabs live in extended family units. Their society is patriarchal, or male-dominated. The men do not abuse this authority because they believe that their families should obey them out of respect, rather than fear. Also, there are clearly defined roles for both men and women. The men work outside in the fields while women work in the homes. Men and women often eat separately and never pray together. While men worship at mosques, women attend ceremonies conducted at home. Most marriages are pre-arranged by the parents.

The Omani standard is to accept others on their terms. For example, they view anything less than excessive generosity as rudeness. Even Christians are tolerated as long as they are not Muslim converts.

What are their beliefs?
Virtually all Omani Arab belong to a tiny Islamic sect called Ibadaya (an off-shoot of Kharijism). The Ibadis withdrew from mainstream Islam in the seventh century and relocated in Oman and several other countries. They are more literal in their interpretation and application of the Koran than most Muslims. Other Omanis in Kenya are Sunnis, the largest sect of Islam.

What are their needs?
Omani Arabs in Kenya need to be confronted with the claims of Christ in a loving way.

Prayer Points
* Ask God to give the few known Omani believers living in Kenya opportunities to share the gospel with their own people.
* Ask God to soften the hearts of the Omani Arab to the gospel as it is presented to them.
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through intercession.
* Pray that strong local churches will be raised up among the Omani Arab in Kenya leading many to be discipled in the ways of Christ.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10378/MU
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10378/SO
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omanis

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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-01-16
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Country: Kenya
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
Persecution Rank:44 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Scattered. Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, and Tana River counties.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Arab, Omani
People Name General: Arab, Omani
Alternate People Names:
Arabic, Omani SpokenOmani Arab
ROP3 Code: 100431
Joshua Project People ID: 10378
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 27,000
Population all Countries: 2,820,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Arabian
People Name General: Arab, Omani
Ethnic Code: CMT30
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Arabic, Omani Spoken (27,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): acx    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.30 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.70 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant30.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic70.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
 
 
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
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