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Berber, Mozabite in Algeria

Berber, Mozabite

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
195,000 Tumzabt Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Berber, Mozabite in Algeria

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Introduction / History
They live primarily in seven cities in and around the Mzab Valley, the largest of which is Ghardaia. It is an oasis in the midst of the stony Chebka region, which lies on the edge of the Sahara. While this is their homeland, they can be found in cities all over Algeria, as well as other cities around the world, where they are known as industrious merchants who bring their wealth back into the valley.

What are their lives like?
Their lives are shaped by a combination of practicality and tradition. No one misses the calls to prayer throughout the day. Women are protected from the prying eyes of men, but are encouraged to get an education and pursue careers if they wish. Many men travel throughout the country with their trades, but always return to the Mzab Valley they call home. It is a place of many contrasts, from high-speed Internet cafes to palm-thatched roofs, and the latest high-tech medical equipment not far from 1000-year-old homes. The seasonal Mzab wadi feeds ancient underground watering routes for their city gardens, while pumps outside of town feed crops that are fed by watering hoses, turning the desert there into a garden.

What are their beliefs?
They are Ibadi Muslims and extremely devout and faithful to their traditional practices. They value the bonds of their religious community very highly and go to great lengths to care for the poor and meet the needs of their community.

What are their needs?
Recently, the poverty of their non-Mozabite neighbors has led to conflicts that have left several dead and the government siding with the Arabs against them. So, they have a need for peace.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-12-06
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Country: Algeria
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
Persecution Rank:19 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Mzab region south of Algiers. 7 oases, Ghardaïa is principal one.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
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People Name in Country: Berber, Mozabite
People Name General: Berber, Mozabite
Alternate People Names:
Mozabite Mzab Berber
ROP3 Code: 106837
Joshua Project People ID: 13842
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 195,000
Population all Countries: 200,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Berber-Saharan
People Name General: Berber, Mozabite
Ethnic Code: CMT32d
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Tumzabt (195,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mzb    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 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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New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
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Berber, Mozabite in Algeria

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      Berber, Mozabite Algeria    
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