Omani Arabs in Oman


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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Introduction / History

Omani Arabs were among the first people in the Middle East to accept Islam. Arabs have inhabited the territory that is now Oman for thousands of years. Omanis at one time had influence along the East African coast including what is now Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar. Large numbers of Omanis migrated to Zanzibar and the Swahili coast of East Africa during a time when that was seen by them as a land of opportunity. They prospered there until a bloody revolution forced most of them to return to Oman. Today some of them are fleeing Oman because of poverty, seeking employment elsewhere. It is unlikely that Tanzania offers as good opportunities as some of the Gulf States closer to Oman. Omani Arabs originate in Oman, but they live in five other countries including Kenya and Tanzania.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Omani Arabs live in extended family units. Their society is patriarchal, or male-dominated. The men seldom abuse this authority because they believe that their families should obey them out of respect rather than fear. Also, there are clearly defined roles for both sexes. Even the children are given gender-specific duties. The men work outside in the fields while women work in the homes. Men and women often eat separately and never pray together. While men worship at mosques, women attend ceremonies conducted at home by female religious leaders. Marriages are generally pre-arranged by the parents. Children are a considered the family's greatest asset because they provide the parents with additional laborers and social security.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Oman Arabs belong to the Ibadi sect of Islam, one of the religion's oldest and most traditional branches. Ibadi principles of puritanism and idealism have greatly influenced Arabs in surrounding countries. Family ties and religious traditions are strong. The Oman Arab standard is to accept others on their terms. For example, they view anything less than excessive generosity as rudeness. Sunnis are welcomed by the Ibadis with Sunni greetings. Even Christians are tolerated by Omani Arabs in Kenya as long as they are not Muslim converts.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Omani in Oman.

Pray for a spiritual discernment and hunger that will allow Omani Arabs in Tanzania to seek and find Christ. Pray for Holy Spirit-directed believers to go to the Omani Arabs. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement to spread far and wide among Omani Arabs.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-12-01
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-12-22
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-06-09
People Name General Arab, Omani
People Name in Country Arab, Omani
Natural Name Omani Arabs
Population this Country 2,213,000
Population all Countries 3,036,000
Total Countries 10
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 44
Alternate Names Arabic, Omani Spoken; Omani Arab
People ID 10378
ROP3 Code 100431
Country Oman
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 44  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mainly in Hajar Mountains highlands; a few coastal regions.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Oman
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 44  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mainly in Hajar Mountains highlands; a few coastal regions..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Arab, Omani in Oman
Primary Language Arabic, Omani Spoken (2,213,000 speakers)
Language Code acx   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Omani Spoken (2,213,000 speakers)
Language Code acx   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Omani Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Omani Spoken

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
6.0 %
Independent
7.0 %
Orthodox
21.0 %
Other Christian
11.0 %
Protestant
15.0 %
Roman Catholic
40.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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