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Moroccan, Arabic-speaking in United States

Moroccan, Arabic-speaking

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
83,000 Arabic, Moroccan Spoken Islam 2.00 % 1.00 %   

Moroccan, Arabic-speaking in United States

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Introduction / History
There were not many Moroccans in the U.S.A. till the middle of the twentieth century. After the Second World War, some Shepardhic Jews from Morocco emigrated to the U.S.A. because of poverty in North Africa. Arab Moroccans did not arrive in greater numbers till the late 1970s.

In the last two decades of the twentieth century, many Moroccans came to the United States to go to universities, colleges and medical schools. Some Moroccans emigrated to America for work and began businesses with small retail shops and restaurants. They speak Moroccan Arabic, French, English and Spanish.

In the late 1990s, Morocco began having economic problems and more Moroccans came to America. They had good work skills. Most came to New York, New England, California, Texas and Columbia. They owned small businesses or went into professional work. By the end of the 1990s most Moroccans were present or former students. Some were mechanics and others taxi drivers.

What are their lives like?
Many women work as well as doing house work. Some of them are teachers. The families are usually big ones.

There is a Moroccan American magazine called Tingis and it helps to build friendships with Morocco and the United States.

One of the favorite Moroccan foods in American supermarkets is called Couscous made from fine semolina. The Moroccans also like chicken with lemon and olives.

Moroccan Americans who are Muslims celebrate Ramadan for thirty days. They like the friendship it brings.

What are their beliefs?
Most Moroccan Americans are Muslims and most of them Sunni Muslims. Men wear a Fez on their heads which is supposed to have come from the Moroccan city of the same name. Some women cover their faces with veils. The man is the main person in the family though Moroccan women have more freedom than most other Muslim women.


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Country: United States
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Moroccan, Arabic-speaking
People Name General: Moroccan, Arabic-speaking
Alternate People Names:
Arabized Berber Jemmari
Maghreb ArabMaghrebi Arab
Maghrib ArabMoroccan Arab
Moroccan Arab-BerberMoroccan Arabized Berber
ROP3 Code: 106804
Joshua Project People ID: 13819
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 83,000
Population all Countries: 27,716,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Maghreb
People Name General: Moroccan, Arabic-speaking
Ethnic Code: CMT30
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Arabic, Moroccan Spoken (83,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ary    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam98.00 % 
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: 1902-1952
New Testament:
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 RecordingsArabic Bibles Online
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible stories in Arabic, Moroccan S ...
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Arabic, Moroccan Spo ...
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralBible Visuals
Text / Printed MatterBible: Moroccan Standard Translation
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Moroccan, Arabic-speaking in United States

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People Cluster
    Arab, Maghreb     America, North and Caribbean    
      Moroccan, Arabic-speaking United States    
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      Religion Language  
      Islam     Arabic, Moroccan Spoken  
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