Matmata in Tunisia

Joshua Project has identified the Matmata only in Tunisia






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Matmata are a small Berber speaking tribe in a town of the same name in southern Tunisia. Some of the local residents live in traditional underground "troglodyte" structures. The structures typical for the village are created by digging a large pit in the ground. Around the perimeter of this pit artificial caves are then dug to be used as rooms, with some homes comprising multiple pits, connected by trench-like passageways. Today, Matmata is a popular tourist attraction, and most of the population lives on tourism and folklore exhibitions in their homes. The Matmata are entirely Muslim.

Ministry Obstacles

Southern Tunisia is not generally accessible to outsiders, certainly not to Christian workers. Creative means of access is called for.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray for Gospel radio to be available in the Nafusi language and that the people will learn of these broadcasts. Pray the Lord will give them understanding as they listen.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There almost certainly are no followers of Jesus among the Matmata today. Pray the Lord will give these people a growing interest in Isa (Jesus) as the Koran is read, and that at the proper time Jesus will reveal himself to these people as Savior and Lord.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray for peace throughout Tunisia. Pray also the small Matmata tribe will have adequate rainfall for their crops and herds, and for improved educational opportunities for their children.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

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People Name General Matmata
People Name in Country Matmata
Population in Tunisia 10,000
World Population 10,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc Arab World
People Cluster Berber-Saharan
People Name General Matmata
Ethnic Code CMT32z
People ID 13587
Country Tunisia
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 36  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Southeast, Mediterranean islands (Jerba), isolated villages south of Jerba; Pacha, old Medina, and Bab Souika streets in Tunis (Tamezret); Tamezret village near Zeraoua and Taoujjout, south of Gabès (Tamezret).   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Nafusi (10,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Nafusi 10,000
For Primary Language: Nafusi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Format
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Alain Bachellier   Creative Commons  
Map Source: Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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