Introduction / History The Rubatab of Sudan are a Sunni Muslim tribe. They became Muslims and Arabic speakers. They have a local Nile culture. They have a different accent to other peoples in Sudan but they speak the same Arabic language. People among them have Islamic names such as Mohammed and Ahmed.
Weddings are the only times when men and women dance together. Many of the Rubatab are farmers and a few are artists. Their one floor buildings are made from bricks and cement. The homes have two doors, one for men and the other for women.
The Rubatab observe Islamic holidays. They eat many foods that are traditional like asida which is porridge.
When a baby is born, the mother must remain at home until forty days after the birth have passed. She lives with relatives and friends and people give her money. The baby is named after seven days. They eat a cow or sheep to celebrate. After forty days, there is another celebration and then the mother can leave the home. When a person dies, family members come to the home. The dead body is washed. They bury the dead in the way of Islam.
Women look after the home and the children. Girls help their mothers and can go to school. Men work to feed themselves and their families. Boys play outside or mix with men. Elders are respected. The Rubatab honor people who are generous to them.
With marriage, the man would tell his future wife's family about himself. The family of the girl ask the community about the character of the future husband. All being well the families are introduced to each other and marriage takes place. Most families give their sons a house when he is getting married. The father has the final decision in the family.
The Rubatab trace their ancestry to Arabia and follow Islam. They respect tribes that believe in other religions. (maybe an opportunity for the gospel to be given here).
Government decisions are debated and there is a vote regarding the decision.
With education, there are men and women teachers. In high school the teachers are usually women. Mathematics, languages and sciences are taught but religion is the main subject.
The Rubatab have similar work like in other parts of the world. Some are self-employed. People with plenty of money buy expensive cars and have high class homes.