Javanese in Saudi Arabia





Largest Religion

Main Language



The Javanese (Orang Jawa, "people of Java") originate from Central Java, Indonesia. They are a hospitable people, usually inviting visitors to share a meal with the family. Families are often quite large, some having between 10 and 17 children. Marriages are grand affairs that sometimes last up to three days. They are predominantly Sunni Muslims. During weddings and circumcision rituals they perform the jedur (songs of praise to the prophet Mohammed) which is compiled in a book called Silawatan. They also perform the kempling (a type of dance giving praise to Allah) during religious occasions.

Ministry Obstacles

The Javanese have a long and strong commitment to their present religion, which is part of their culture.

Outreach Ideas

No doubt many of the Javanese in Saudi Arabia are living there for work. Pray that they will interact with the many workers in Saudi Arabia who follow Christ.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are many Christians among the Javanese in other countries, but not in Saudi Arabia. Perhaps Christian Javanese will remember their brethren in Saudi Arabia. Pray to this end.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Javanese in Saudi Arabia will relate well with neighboring peoples, and will thrive as a community.

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People Name General Javanese
People Name in Country Javanese
Population in Saudi Arabia 27,000
World Population 17,189,000
Countries 8
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Jawa, Orang Jawa
Affinity Bloc Malay Peoples
People Cluster Java
People Name General Javanese
Ethnic Code MSY44g
People ID 17000
Country Saudi Arabia
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 12  (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)
Javanese (27,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Javanese 27,000
For Primary Language: Javanese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1852-1991)
New Testament Yes   (1829-1981)
Complete Bible Yes   (1854-1994)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Javanese Bible Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Javanese Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
2.80 %
Ethnic Religions
30.20 %
0.00 %
67.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
4.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
11.0 %
65.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
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Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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