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Berber, Imazighen in United Kingdom

Berber, Imazighen

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
3,200 Tamazight, Central Atlas Islam 0.60 % 0.10 % No   

Berber, Imazighen in United Kingdom

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Introduction / History
The Berber peoples are the original peoples of North Africa. When the Romans conquered them, they called them Berbers, which means, "barbarian." Berbers have always craved independence. They made things difficult for all people who conquered them, from the Romans, to the Vandals, to the Arabs, to the European colonialists.

One of the Berber peoples, the Imazighen, are from the Maghreb Region of Northwestern Africa, specifically Morocco. In recent decades, the opportunity to migrate to western Europe offered a solution to Morocco's population explosion. By the early 1980s, over half a million workers, including many Berbers, had established themselves in Europe. In the latter 1980s, the European labor market closed to new workers.

Where are they located?
Most Imazighen Berbers are in Morocco, and some have migrated to France. A few live in the UK.

What are their lives like?
There are not many Berber people in the UK, since it was the Spanish and the French who colonized the Maghreb, not the British. Most likely, the few who live in the UK blend in with other Muslim peoples, especially the Arab populations.

What are their beliefs?
The Imazighen Berbers are virtually all Muslim; however, their religious practices are based more on traditions than on the Koran. Their societies are organized around two main systems: Islam and the tribe. However, there are many differences between urban and rural societies. In urban areas, orthodox Islam prevails; whereas, in rural societies, ancient beliefs and customs are intermingled with their Muslim faith.

Most of the Imazighen Berbers have continued in their traditional worship of saints. One group of spiritual leaders called marabouts is considered "living saints." They are believed to possess healing abilities and supernatural powers. Each of the villages reveres one or more of these "saints."

What are their needs?
The Imazighen Berbers, be they in Morocco, France, or England, desperately need to understand that they need Jesus Christ in their lives. There is no other name by which they can be saved.


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Country: United Kingdom
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Berber, Imazighen
People Name General: Berber, Imazighen
Alternate People Names:
BerraberBlue Berber
Central ShilhaImazighen
Middle Atlas BerberShilha
ROP3 Code: 104002
Joshua Project People ID: 12217
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 3,200
Population all Countries: 4,732,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Engagement Status:Unengaged (per Finishing the Task)
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Berber-Shilha
People Name General: Berber, Imazighen
Ethnic Code: CMT32b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tamazight, Central Atlas (3,200 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tzm    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.60 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam94.40 % 
Non-Religious5.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant10.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic90.00 %
(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: 1919-2020
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Portions, NT
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Tamazight, Central A ...
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Berber, Imazighen in United Kingdom

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People Cluster
    Berber-Shilha     Europe, Western    
      Berber, Imazighen United Kingdom    
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      Islam     Tamazight, Central Atlas  
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