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Shahari, Jibbali in Oman

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
57,000 Shehri Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No No   

Shahari, Jibbali in Oman

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Introduction / History
Speakers of the Shehri language reside in Dhofar (or Zufar) governate in extreme southwest Oman, on the border with Yemen. It is a somewhat mountainous area, and has Salalah as its capital city. Historically, this area was the largest producer of frankincense in the world.

Dhofar is the home area of several tribal peoples speaking a variety of South Arabian languages, and the Shehri, or Jeballi, language is one of those. The people are said to be increasingly bilingual in Dhofari Arabic, and the Shehari language is marked as threatened by the Ethnologue.

The Shehri language is spoken by the Qara, Shahra, Barahama, Bait Ash-Shaik, and (some) Batahira, tribes.

The province of Dhofar can seem like a world away from the rest of Oman. Separated from pretty much everywhere else in the country by a thousand kilometers of stony desert, the region's history and identity have always been largely separate from that of the rest of the Sultanate. In antiquity, Dhofar boasted one of Arabia's oldest and most cosmopolitan cultures. The region was only finally brought under the control of the sultans of Muscat in the mid-nineteenth century.

The history of Dhofar is quite separate from that of the rest of the country, looking west towards neighboring Yemen rather than north towards the Omani heartlands.

What are their lives like?
In Dhofar, endless white-sand beaches line the coast, while coconut and banana palms replace the ubiquitous date trees of the north and neat little pastel-painted houses are found. During the summer when the rains of the southeast monsoon brush along the coast around Salalah, the area turns to a fecund riot of misty green which has no equivalent anywhere else in the Arabian peninsula.

What are their beliefs?
The Shahari and associated tribes are Muslim, but retain a few traditional, animistic beliefs. There are no reported Christians among these tribes.

Prayer Points
* Please pray for the youth of these tribes to be able to make needed adjustments to a rapidly changing world.
* Please pray for Gospel radio broadcasts to become available in Dhofari Arabic.
* Pray the Lord will give a growing desire to know and follow Jesus Christ to all the tribes of Dhofar. Pray for workers to have access to this land so that this hunger can be satisfied.
* 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.
* Pray for Gospel messages to become available in audio format for this people group.


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Country: Oman
Continent: Asia
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
Persecution Rank:42 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Zufar governorate coastal mountains and plains, also in Khuriya Muriya islands in Arabian Sea near Fararah.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Shahari, Jibbali
People Name General: Shahari, Jibbali
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ROP3 Code: 108895
Joshua Project People ID: 14884
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 57,000
Population all Countries: 99,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Arabian
People Name General: Shahari, Jibbali
Ethnic Code: CMT30
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Shehri (57,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): shv    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 0   No evangelical Christians or churches. No access to major evangelical print, audio, visual, or human resources
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]
None Reported
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Shahari, Jibbali in Oman

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