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Idaksahak in Algeria


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,800 Tadaksahak Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Idaksahak in Algeria

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Introduction / History
The Idaksahak ("Sons of Isaac") formerly were herders for Tuareg nobles, in return for their protection. This relationship has now broken down and there is less mixing of the two peoples, except they use the same watering holes and trade at the same markets. Some migrated to sub-Saharan Africa between the eighth and ninth centuries, and they were among the first Muslim groups in the area.

What are their lives like?
More of them are town dwellers than at any time in their history. Others have become settled farmers. Many are nomads and have few possessions apart from their animals. The nomads may range into Algeria and Niger. Life has essentially remained one of pastoral care for livestock century after century. They are nomads who hold few possessions and continually stay on the move across the deserts of Algeria. The men are often bi-lingual, speaking their own language and the language of the Tuareg. The women and children are often isolated in their camps and speak only their own language. Schooling is available only in the towns and will likely be in French. They carry out trade with the Arabs in the region, exchanging their livestock for agricultural goods.

What are their beliefs?
They were once religious experts and livestock tenders for higher caste Tuareg (aka, Tamacheq) factions. They remain solidly Sunni Muslim. Islam is a central part of their identity. Their faith is in the religious system of Islam, not in the blood of Christ.

Prayer Points
Pray for workers to take Christ to the Idaksahak people. Pray for spiritual discernment and a hunger for truth. Pray for Idaksahak disciples to make more disciples. Pray for dreams and visions of the risen Christ among the Idaksahak people, drawing them to his side.
* 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.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-12-16
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Country: Algeria
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
Persecution Rank:19 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Tamanrasset
(Source: Ethnologue 2010)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Idaksahak
People Name General: Idaksahak
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 103948
Joshua Project People ID: 12178
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 3,800
Population all Countries: 180,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Songhai
People Name General: Idaksahak
Ethnic Code: NAB65b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tadaksahak (3,800 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): dsq    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Sub-division:Sunni
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(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
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
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Idaksahak in Algeria

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People Cluster
    Songhai     Africa, North and Middle East    
      Idaksahak Algeria    
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            Idaksahak in Algeria          
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      Islam     Tadaksahak  
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