Arabic-speaking Algerian in France

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Introduction / History

Algeria became a French colony in 1830. France ruled that part of North Africa for well over 100 years. After WWII, there were many independence movements throughout the world, one of which began in Algeria in 1954. After eight years of bitter conflict, Algeria gained her independence in 1962.
That was also a time when France needed cheap labor. Commonly, former colonial powers allow the former colonized to enter their countries as cheap labor. Algerians and others from recently liberated French colonies filled the gap.
There were four waves of Algerians moving to France for work, but after Algerian independence, they were viewed with far greater hostility. The French government often deported them to Algeria. In Algeria, Arabs found few job opportunities, so they continued to attempt to find work in France. To this day there is continual strife between the needs for cheap labor and the need for protecting jobs for the French, and maintaining French culture.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The lives of the French Algerians are vastly superior to the one of the Arabs who live in Algeria. Most Algerian Arabs continue to speak Algerian Arabic at home and French with others. The majority are taking advantage of the French education system to improve their lives and the future of their children. As they gain more education and job skills they are moving into the middle and upper classes. Most French Arabs would fit into the lower or lower middle class of the nation as shop keepers, factory workers, construction workers, restaurant employees and agricultural workers. Some Arab families send money or remittances to their relatives and friends in Algeria on a regular basis.
Even in France, Algerian Arab families follow a paternalistic pattern. The husband controls the family with the wife and children submitting to his authority. Yet Algerian Arab women in France are in a better position than those in North Africa. Algerian women who gain a college education have many career opportunities that would not be possible in Algeria.
In traditional Arab culture the parents choose whom their child will marry. That is changing as more and more young people in France choose their own marriage partner. In general, Arab families have more children than other French citizens. This fact alarms some Europeans who recognize the situation will give them less power in the future.
Some Algerian Arabs are becoming more assimilated with French culture. There are many Algerian Arab soccer players, actors and musicians with an Algerian background.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most French Algerian Arabs are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. They believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise.
Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, using deceit, slandering and making idols.
The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael to Allah.
More and more young Algerian people are becoming secularized in France. Their Islam is becoming more cultural rather than religious.

What Are Their Needs?

The Algerian Arabs of France must understand their good works will not get them right with God. God forgives sins and grants eternal life only through the death and resurrection of his Son Jesus or Isa. The Arabs need to see biblical Christianity as not just the Europeans' religion but as their own as well.

Prayer Points

Ask God to open the spiritual eyes of the Algerian Arabs in France as they hear about Jesus.
Pray that the Lord sends Christian believers to build friendships with Arabs and tell them about new life in Christ.
Pray the Lord raises up a Disciple Making Movement among Algerian Arabs in both France and Algeria.
Pray that leaders in the French Arab community would be willing to investigate the claims of Christ.

Scripture Prayers for the Algerian, Arabic-speaking in France.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Algerian, Arabic-speaking
People Name in Country Algerian, Arabic-speaking
Natural Name Arabic-speaking Algerian
Pronunciation al-JEER-ee-un
Alternate Names Arabized Berber; Ibidites; Moroccan Arab
Population this Country 474,000
Population all Countries 37,281,000
Total Countries 19
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 9
People ID 10379
ROP3 Code 100226
ROP25 Code 300394
ROP25 Name Arab, Algerian
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
0.60 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.40 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Algerian (474,000 speakers)
Language Code arq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Algerian (474,000 speakers)
Language Code arq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Algerian

Primary Language:  Arabic, Algerian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1872-1964)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1965-2018)
Bible-Complete No
FCBH NT ( Online
YouVersion NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Arabic Bible Online Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Algerian Spoken Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Arabic, Algerian Spoken YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Arabic, Algerian Spoken YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
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