Swahili in Saudi Arabia

Population

441,000

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Coastal Swahili people video

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Introduction

The name Swahili literally means "coast," and is the name traditionally given to several people groups that share a common culture, language (Swahili), and religion (Islam) living along the eastern coast of Africa. Today, the Swahili are scattered along eastern Africa and the Persian Gulf, from Saudi Arabia to Zambia. Though they are called "Swahili" by others, they prefer to be named according to their local settlements. For about 2,000 years, the backbone of the Swahili economy has been commerce. They worked as cross-national merchants trading spices, slaves, ivory, gold, and grain. Today, international commerce is still important to the Swahili but to a lesser degree. Many upper class Swahili now manage small businesses, do clerical work, and teach school. Since the Swahili are predominantly Muslim, Islamic practices play a large role in their daily activities. The central building in each town is the mosque.


Ministry Obstacles

Swahili have generally been staunch Muslims for generations, a tradition that partially defines them.


Outreach Ideas

Perhaps the Swahili will learn of the possibility of scripture downloads from the web and will be curious enough to read these downloads on their computers or phones.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are likely no followers of Jesus today among the Swahili of Saudi Arabia. Please pray the Lord will soon stir the hearts of many in this tribe to find out more about Isa (Jesus) as the Koran is read in the mosque. Pray Jesus will appear to some in dreams or visions.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Swahili in all countries of residence will gain an interest in the Savior, Jesus Christ. He died that they may find eternal life.

Profile Source: Joshua Project

People Name General Swahili
People Name in Country Swahili
Population in Saudi Arabia 441,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names African Black, Arab-Swahili, Bantu, Baraawe, Barwaani, Black African, Central Swahili, Coastal, Coastal Swahili, Mrima, Shirazi, Siddi, Swahili Shamba, Urban, Zanzibari
Affinity Bloc Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster Bantu, Swahili
People Name General Swahili
Ethnic Code NAB57j
Country Saudi Arabia
Continent Asia
Region Middle East and North Africa
10/40 Window Yes

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Swahili (Unknown)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Swahili
Largest Religion Islam
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
100.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
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