Mwani in Mozambique

Joshua Project has identified the Mwani only in Mozambique

Population

113,000

Christian

1.0%

Evangelical

0.03%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

The word "Mwani" means "beach" in their language. Mwani tradition states that around 1,100 years ago Arab traders came down the east coast of Africa to trade and to take slaves. Entire people groups along the coast became Muslims because the Arabs, being Muslims, were not allowed to take another Muslim as slaves. In this way the Mwanis also became Muslims. Today, to be a Mwani is to be a Muslim. From when they are children, Mwanis go to the Madrassa, or Islamic school. There they learn about Islam and learn to read and recite the Quran in its original Arabic form (Quran means to recite in Arabic), but many don't understand its meaning. Despite this ability to read Arabic, most Mwani are illiterate in their own language. Many speak only a little bit of the national language, Portuguese, and then not on a level enabling understanding of the Gospel.


Where are they Located?

The Mwani live along the coast of northern Mozambique, and on islands close to the coast.


What are Their Lives Like?

Most of them live not far from the sea. Most are very poor. Some make their living from fishing and transporting people by sea, many through trading, baking, and some farming. Many men attend mosque five times a day.


What are Their Beliefs?

Folk Islamic. Very dedicated to Islam, but with some animistic practices, especially among the women.


What are Their Needs?

The gospel. Micro enterprise development. Education.


Prayer Points

* A breakthrough of the gospel
* Breaking down of spiritual strongholds
* Wisdom, safety and health for the missonaries



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Country Mozambique
Continent Africa
Region East and Southern Africa
10/40 Window No
Location in Country In the north of Pemba, between Arimba and Palma, Ibo, Mocimba da Praia and the Querimba Islands.
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People Name General Mwani
People Name in Country Mwani
ROP3 Code 106980
Joshua Project People ID 13902
Indigenous Yes
Population in Mozambique 113,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Ibo, lbo, Muwame, Quimuane,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Mwani Makwe
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Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Swahili
People Name General Mwani
Ethnic Code NAB57j
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Largest Religion Islam
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
1.0%    ( Evangelical  0.03% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
89.00%
Non-Religious
10.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
100.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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