Swahili, Zanzibari, Unguja in Oman



Population

74,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Swahili-Arab people come from east coast of Africa, mainly Zanzibar, Bagamoyo, and Dar es Salaam, although there are families from the interior regions such as Mwanza. They are a mixture of Omani and some Yemeni Arabs who travelled to East Africa in the 1700's to establish trade with Europe, primarily in slaves. These Arabs had children with their African wives and slaves. In the mid-sixties an African revolution against Arabs in East Africa resulted in the killing of tens of thousands of Omani and Yemeni people. It was after this that the current ruler of Oman, Sultan Qaboos bin Said invited any Omanis living in East Africa back to Oman. Since these people and their families had traded with Britain they were educated and knew English. Qaboos gave them high paying jobs in oil and gas and the government.


Where Are they Located?

Most Swahili-Arabs are located on the coast and largely in Muscat and the surrounding areas.


What Are Their Lives Like?

On the surface Swahili-Arabs function just like regular Omanis. However, when one sits with them at a meal it is when the African roots come out. Much of the time Swahili is spoken instead of Arabic, which is considered the trade language, and the food is much more African. While in some homes men and women eating separately is the norm like other Omanis, some Swahili-Arabs will eat jointly.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Swahili-Arabs are Muslim and most follow the Ibadhi sect of Islam. According to locals, this sect is the most peaceful of the Islamic sects. The welcoming nature they have toward guests would agree with this statement.


Prayer Points

While Islam is most definitely the number one thing Satan uses to blind these people, materialism is a close second. Pray that God would open the hearts of these people and allow the gospel to get into their homes.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Swahili, Zanzibari
People Name in Country Swahili, Zanzibari, Unguja
Population in Oman 74,000
World Population 85,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Hadimu, Zanzibari
Country Oman
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 39  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Enthologue Language Map



Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Swahili: Mvita
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Swahili: Mvita
For Primary Language: Swahili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1868-1968)
New Testament Yes   (1879-1989)
Complete Bible Yes   (1891-2009)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Gateway Scripture Text / Printed Matter
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Swahili Union Version Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Swahili, Common Language Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Swahili, Common Language Bible with DCs Text / Printed Matter
Cartoon Gospel tract Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Swahili Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Islam

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 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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