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Arab, general in Indonesia

Arab, general

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
280,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 4.00 % 0.10 % No No   

Arab, general in Indonesia

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Introduction / History
The Arabs living in Indonesia are mostly descended from the Hadrami. The prominent people among them with investing in real estate and trading got power financially.

Before Islam came to Indonesia, Arabs had had contact with Indonesia for many years. Arabs may have come to live in Indonesia first of all in the fifth century. Some Arabs came to Indonesia while the country was under Dutch rule. They looked after and increased their finances. Some Arab Indonesians joined the people's council of the Dutch East Indies called Volksraad. Due to difficulties with native Indonesians and the Dutch, organizations for Arab Indonesians began in 1913. An Indonesian national movement called Persatoean Arab Indonesia began in 1934.

The first Arab immigrants to Indonesia are called Totok and are a minority. The majority are called Muwallad and were born in Indonesia.

Many of the Arabs from Hadramaut were Sayyid and Sharif and had favorable positions among the Hadrami people. A non Sayyid could not marry the daughter of a Sayyid but a Sayyid could marry a non Sayyid woman.

Where are they located?
They are living in Java and South Sumatra mostly. They can also be found in Jakarta, Kalimantan, Maluku and Sulawesi. They speak Arabic and Indonesian.

What are their beliefs?
Arabs in Indonesia are nearly all Muslims. They are usually Sunni Muslims and live according to Shafi'i Islamic law. The minority are Shia but they are increasing. Children usually go to Madrasahs (Islamic schools). The Arabs living in Indonesia follow orthodox Islam unlike the local inhabitants who have more localized forms of Islam.


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Country: Indonesia
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Southeast
Persecution Rank:49 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Arab, general
People Name General: Arab, general
ROP3 Code: 115690
Joshua Project People ID: 19204
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 280,000
Population all Countries: 3,258,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab World, general
People Name General: Arab, general
Ethnic Code: CMT30
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Arabic, North Levantine Spoken (280,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): apc    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity4.00 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam96.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant10.00 %
Orthodox30.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic60.00 %
(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
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Bible Portions: 1939-1981
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
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