Algerian, Arabic-speaking in Czechia


Population
500
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Today, the vast region of Northern Africa is predominantly inhabited by Arab Muslims. However, this was not always the case. The territory was once dominated by the Berbers, a non-Arab people who were at one time mostly marginal Christians. The Berbers successfully withstood numerous invasions before finally being overrun by Arabs.

Beginning in the seventh century, Arab invasions caused many non-Islamic tribes, including the Berbers, to be displaced. The Berbers were particularly affected by the mass immigrations of Arab Bedouins in the eleventh century. At that time, some of the Berbers fled. Others were driven into the desert, where they began displacing or enslaving the Black Africans who lived there. Many Berbers remained and submitted, becoming "Arabized" in language and, to some extent, racially mixed with the Arabs. All of the Berbers, without exception, embraced Islam. The end result is that the "Arabs" of North Africa are often as "Berber" as they are "Arab." The "Arabs" who migrated to the Czechia are actually from the Kabyle Berbers, one of the few North African tribes where there has been a Christ-ward movement.

The harshness of the Berber lifestyle in Northern Africa has led many of the Berbers to immigrate. Today, large communities of Arabized Berbers can be found in several nations, particularly Europe. Although most of them are only involved in unskilled or semi-skilled labor, they are able to earn more than they would "back home."


Where Are they Located?

Most Algerians in Czechia are in the capital city of Prague.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The governments of Algeria and Czechia are on very good terms. Algerian students have studied at Czechia universities. In the 1990s, when Algeria was going through a bloody civil war, many Algerians fled the county. It was possible for them to go to Czechia, though many went there illegally. Because of corrupt Czech government officials, it has always been possible for Algerians to stay illegally. Corruption has allowed Algerians to facilitate visa proceedings and avoid deportation. The Algerians in Czechia often working in the fast food industry. Some are business owners, while others work extremely long hours at low-level jobs.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Today, virtually all of the Algerian tribes are Sunni Muslim, with most belonging to the Malikite branch, even those in Czechia. In theory, they believe in Islam's "Five Pillars," but some modify them. For instance, many are very casual about prayer. Some Algerian tribes view the giving of alms as being an unacceptable tax by the Muslim establishment.


What Are Their Needs?

Today's Algerians are not political or war refugees, but they need to find a home where they can make a decent living. Perhaps believers with the right skills can teach them computer skills and other things that would make them valuable employees in Europe.


Prayer Points

* Ask God to call out prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through intercession.
* Pray for a revival to stir Kabyle Berbers in Czechia to share their faith with others.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to emerge among Algerians in Czechia.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10379/AG
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10379/DA
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10379/IT
http://migrationonline.cz/en/an-algerian-who-made-it-in-prague-algerian-trading-skills-and-czech-corruption
http://www.expat.com/en/nationalities/algerian/in/europe/czech-republic/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Algerian, Arabic-speaking
People Name in Country Algerian, Arabic-speaking
Population in Czechia 500
World Population 35,789,700
Total Countries 18
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Arabized Berber, Ibidites, Moroccan Arab
People ID 10379
ROP3 Code 100226
Country Czechia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Czechia
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Arabic, Algerian Spoken (500 speakers)
Language Code arq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Algerian Spoken
Primary Language Arabic, Algerian Spoken (500 speakers)
Language Code arq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Algerian Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Algerian Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1872-1964)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1965)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Algerian Contextual Gathering (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video In the Light (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Algerian Spoken
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
0.30 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
97.70 %
Non-Religious
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
90.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source COMIBAM / Sepal 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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