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Berber, Senhaja in Morocco

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
54,000 Senhaja Berber Islam 0.10 % 0.08 % No No   

Berber, Senhaja in Morocco

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Introduction / History
Most of what we read about the Senhaja Berbers begins after the arrival of Islam in the 800s. At that time, the Senhajas spread out throughout northwest and western Africa, in what today is Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, and Senegal.

In the middle of the 1200s, a group of their chiefs who were returning from the Islamic hajj, invited the Muslim theologian, Ibn Yassin, to preach to their tribes. These tribes became united as a confederacy, which helped to establish Morocco as a nation. Today there are a couple of subtribes of the Senhaja Berbers, which are centered in Morocco. They are not as spread out as they were 900 years ago, though they left their mark in a wide region of northern and western Africa. There is some dispute as to whether they are Berber or sub-Saharan African.

Where are they located?
The Senhaja Berbers are located in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco. They have subtribes in other parts of this nation, most notably the Zenaga tribe.

What are their lives like?
Most of the Senhaja Berbers are farmers or fishermen. Those who are higher up in status are Muslim teachers.

What are their beliefs?
Almost 100 percent of the Senhaja Berbers are Sunni Muslim. Only about one in 1,000 are Christian of any kind.

What are their needs?
The Senhaja Berbers need to humble themselves and accept the lordship of Jesus Christ. He is the only means of salvation and eternal life.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Lord to send believers from other Berber tribes to the Senhaja people.
* Pray for Senhaja elders and leaders to encounter the risen and victorious Christ.
* Pray for a disciple making movement among the various Senhaja Berber groups.
* 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: Morocco
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
Persecution Rank:26 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Taza-Al Hoceima-Taounate region: west of Tarifit, Ketama area.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Berber, Senhaja
People Name General: Berber, Senhaja
ROP3 Code: 116912
Joshua Project People ID: 20593
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 54,000
Population all Countries: 54,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Berber-Riff
People Name General: Berber, Senhaja
Ethnic Code: CMT32
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Senhaja Berber (54,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): sjs    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.10 %(Evangelical: 0.08 %)
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: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Berber, Senhaja in Morocco

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      Berber, Senhaja Morocco    
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      Islam     Senhaja Berber  
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