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Moor in Mali

Moor

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
311,000 Hassaniyya Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Moor in Mali

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Introduction / History
The Moors of Mali inhabit a small kingdom in the upper reaches of the Niger River. They are nomadic Berbers. The term "Moor" is generally applied to any person, regardless of skin color, who speaks one of the Hassaniya dialects. Therefore, there are both black and white Moors who speak the same language. Hassaniya, in its purest form, draws heavily from the original spoken Arabic.

It is believed that the Moors probably emigrated from neighboring Mauritania into the Sahel region of Mali. The Sahel lies immediately south of the Sahara and stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea.

Mali is generally flat and the land consists of plains and plateaus. The southern part of the country is hilly. Disturbances among nomadic groups in the region often occur over watering and grazing rights. In the early 1970s and 1980s, the Moors of Mali were seriously affected by drought and famine.

What are their lives like?
The Moors are a nomadic tribe who live in tents made of woven wool. Their basic family unit is the "tent." They are very proud of the fact that their origin can be traced to the Arabs.

Marriages among the Moors are pre-arranged by the parents, with the groom's father requesting the hand of the bride. A Moorish woman never marries against her family's wishes. She is given a dowry (money or property) upon marriage. After the wedding, the groom never enters the tent of his in-laws, nor does he share their table or look them in the eye when talking. The parents visit their daughter only when their son-in-law is absent. Sadly, divorce is common among the Moors.

When Moors from different nomadic tribes meet, several rigid customs are followed. These customs, which are a consequence of the long history of raids in the desert, are used by the groups to regulate the meeting. For example, when two people are talking, several mannerisms are used to indicate their involvement in the conversation. If a Moor blows on his hand during a conversation, it means he does not believe anything that is being said. If he puts his finger in his ear, it means that he is not interested in what is being said.

Moorish society is organized into successive ranks of tribes, clans, sub-clans, and tent units. There are four basic class divisions that are based on heritage, race, and occupation. The White Moor form the two upper classes, while the Black Moor make up the two lower classes. This division is based solely on parental descent, not on skin color. For example, if a father is considered white, his children, despite the darkness of their skin or the social condition of their mother, inherit the status of "White Moor."

A White Moor is ethnologically defined as "a nomad of Berber-Arab origin." They represent the two upper classes of Moorish society: the warriors and the religious leaders. The Black Moor make up the two lower classes. They live in a world of their own-usually one of slavery. There are two types of Black Moor: the 'abd-le-tilad (slaves who belong to the tents and are part of the family), and the 'abd-le-tarbiya (acquired slaves). Even though slavery is now against the law, it continues to be a fundamental part of the social and economic structure of the Moor.

What are their beliefs?
Virtually all of the Moors of Mali are Malikite Muslims. They faithfully adhere to the laws of the Koran and the basic Islamic practices, which include praying, fasting, and giving alms to the poor. The Moor acknowledge two main Islamic brotherhoods: the Qadiri and the Tajani. The Qadiri is the most widespread group and is characterized by many secret societies that are saturated with mysticism.

What are their needs?
The Moors need to experience the love and acceptance of Jesus Christ. Much intercession is needed to reach them with the Gospel.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to Mali and share Christ with the Moors.
* Ask God to give the small number of Moor believers boldness to share the love of Christ with their own people.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Moors towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
* Pray that God will raise up teams of intercessors who will faithfully stand in the gap for these precious people.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Moors.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.

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Country: Mali
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
Persecution Rank:24 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Widespread.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Moor
People Name General: Moor
Alternate People Names:
BidanBidan Maure
BithanHassaniya
White Moor
ROP3 Code: 106417
Joshua Project People ID: 13592
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 311,000
Population all Countries: 4,594,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Hassaniya
People Name General: Moor
Ethnic Code: CMT32y
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Language
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Primary Language: Hassaniyya (311,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mey    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
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
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: Yes
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 RecordingsAudio New Testament
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Hassaniyya
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hassaniyya
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
 
 
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Moor in Mali

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