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Arab, Yemeni in United Kingdom

Arab, Yemeni

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
34,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.10 % 0.00 % No   

Arab, Yemeni in United Kingdom

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Introduction / History
The Arabs from the Arabian Peninsula are considered to be the original Arabs. The Arabian culture was developed by tribes of nomads and villagers who lived in the Arabian Desert. It was also from there that Arab migrations began, eventually leading to the expansion of the Arab world.

The social structure of the Yemeni Arabs consists of four classes of people: the Sayyid, or wealthy (who trace their decent to the grandson of Muhammad), the Qatani, (tribesmen), the Shafi'ite townsmen (merchants, artisans, and craftsmen), and the Akhdam (slaves).

The Yemeni Arabs have had a close association with Islam throughout their history; and today, nearly all of the Yemeni Arab (both in the Republic of Yemen, and in the other nations), are Muslims. About half of them are Zaydis Muslims, 40% are Shafi'ites, and 5% are Ismailis.

What are their lives like?
Yemeni Arab society is tribal in structure with over 1,700 different tribes or clans. These various tribes are ruled by sheiks (Arab chiefs), who often fight with each other.

Today, the majority of the Yemeni Arabs in Yemen still live in fortress-like villages that can be easily defended. Each house has windows on all sides and is built facing the outside of the village. All goods and persons passing through town are strictly controlled.

Individual dwellings tend to be elaborately decorated, flat-roofed homes called town houses. Lime wash and brickwork are used around the windows as a form of artistic design. The rooms usually have some type of carpeting, and when entering the house, one must leave their shoes at the door. The walls are lined with mattresses and cushions to sit on and lean against. A main reception room and a kitchen are located on the top floor. The flat roofs are used by the women for drying laundry.

Little is known about the lifestyle of the small number of Yemeni Arabs who have migrated to other countries. It is assumed that while many of their social customs and traditions are still adhered to, their occupations and living conditions are quite different.

Social life is important to Arabs. They like to share a daily coffee time by sitting on the floor and drinking coffee from cups without handles. Their diet basically consists of wheat bread and porridge made with boiled meat or chicken.

Despite Islamic teachings, the reality that there are different classes of Arabs still persists. The type of clothing worn has become one of the determining factors. Yemeni tribesmen dress differently than other villagers and can be easily recognized. The women wear veils both in town and at home. Boys show that they are becoming men by changing their headgear and wearing daggers.

Yemeni Arab society is patrilineal, which means that inheritances are passed down through the males. Since children are considered a family's greatest asset, females are valued for their ability to bear children.

In spite of the fact that Muslims are allowed to have up to four wives, most marriages among Yemeni Arabs are monogamous. In the past, all marriages were arranged by the parents; however, it is becoming more acceptable for young people to choose their own mates. Young girls are considered ready for marriage by age nine.

In recent years, many of the nomads of Yemen have settled into mountain villages where they now raise grains, vegetables, coffee, melons, dates, mangoes, and pomegranates. Domestic animals are kept to supply milk and eggs.

What are their beliefs?
Almost all Yemeni Arabs are Muslims. The Zaydis sect of Islam (part of the Shi'ite tradition) is quite fanatical in its form. Most of the Zaydis are warriors and perceive all wars to be a manifestation of Jihad (Muslim crusade against infidels; holy war).

What are their needs?
In many Muslim countries, Muslims who profess faith in Jesus Christ can be put to death. Evangelization efforts among them are challenging due to restrictions in many of the countries, and general antagonism to the Gospel.

Prayer Points
Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to reach out and share the love of Christ with them.
Pray that God will raise up faithful intercessors who will stand in the gap for Yemeni Arabs.
Ask God to give Yemeni Arab believers opportunities to share the love of Christ with their own people.
Pray that their traditional Muslim culture will soften, creating open doors for the Gospel to be preached among them.
Ask the Holy Spirit to open the hearts of Arabs towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Gospel.
Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among Yemeni Arabs.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.

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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-04-03
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-04-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-04-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-04-06
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Country: United Kingdom
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Arab, Yemeni
People Name General: Arab, Yemeni
Alternate People Names:
Djibouti ArabTaizz Adeni
Tihama Yemeni ArabYemeni Arab
ROP3 Code: 109729
Joshua Project People ID: 15198
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 34,000
Population all Countries: 8,614,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Yemeni
People Name General: Arab, Yemeni
Ethnic Code: CMT30
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken (34,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): acq    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.10 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.90 % 
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2011
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsArabic Bible Online
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni ...
Film / VideoMagdalena video
GeneralGospel resources links
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
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Arab, Yemeni in United Kingdom

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