Sri Lankan Moor in Sri Lanka


Joshua Project has identified the Sri Lankan Moor only in Sri Lanka

Population

1,580,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction

The Moors trace their ancestry to Arab traders who settled in Sri Lanka some time between the eighth and fifteenth centuries. Fascinated by the scenic splendor, Muslim merchants arrived in large numbers and some decided to settle in the island, encouraged by the cordial treatment they received from local rulers. Most lived along the coastal areas in peace and prosperity. The Sri Lankan Moors possess a unique culture that differentiates them from the dominant Sinhalese and Tamil ethnic groups on the island. The culture of Sri Lankan Moors has been strongly shaped by Islam, hence most customs and practices are dictated by Islamic law. While preserving many of their ancestral customs, the Moors have also adopted several South Asian practices.


Ministry Obstacles

The Moors should better understand the full nature of Christ, the Son of God, diety. Also, the Gospel of grace is difficult to fully believe and accept by those who have been steeped in law and its requirements. Pray the Lord's Spirit will reveal these truths to the Moors.


Outreach Ideas

The main language of the Moors is Sinhalese, and there are many resources available in Sinhalese. The complete Bible has been available for many years, as well as the Jesus film, Gospel recordings, the God's Story video, etc. Workers are needed to carry these resources to the Moors of Sri Lanka.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known Christian believers among the Moors. However, pray the Lord is even now preparing pastors and teachers to help those who will soon come to Christ. Pray these new believers will quickly become firmly established in the grace of Jesus Christ.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Thank the Lord for renewed peace on the island of Sri Lanka, and pray this peace will remain. Pray for reduced tensions between the major ethnic groupings on the island.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-29
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-10-09
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-18
People Name General Sri Lankan Moor
People Name in Country Sri Lankan Moor
Population in Sri Lanka 1,580,000
World Population 1,580,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Moor
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Tamil
People Name General Sri Lankan Moor
Ethnic Code CNN23c
People ID 11283
Country Sri Lanka
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
People Group Map Sri Lankan Moor in Sri Lanka PDF Version



Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Sinhala (1,580,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Sinhala 1,580,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1739-1966)
New Testament Yes   (1776-1991)
Complete Bible Yes   (1823-1982)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sinhala
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-29
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-10-09
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-18

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
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