Algerian, Arabic-speaking in Italy


Population
22,000
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." Many of the Algerians who have left for European countries like Italy are from the Kabyle Berbers, one of the few tribes that has had a Christ-ward movement.


Where Are they Located?

Most Algerians in Italy live in Rome, Naples or Milan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Algerians that live in Italy arrived in the 1980s, but there are regular waves of Arab peoples landing in the Italian island of Sardinia, hoping to find a new country that will take them in so they can start a new life. It is unlikely that these new Algerians will remain in Italy, but they will probably wind up in European countries with stronger economies like England, France and Germany.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Today, virtually all of the Algerian tribes are Sunni Muslim, with most belonging to the Malikite branch, even those in Italy. 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 Europe to share their faith with others.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to emerge among Algerians in Italy.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10379/AG
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10379/DA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algerians_in_Italy
http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-italian-island-seeks-help-to-deal-with-algerian-migrant-flow-2017-9


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Algerian, Arabic-speaking
People Name in Country Algerian, Arabic-speaking
Population in Italy 22,000
World Population 35,789,700
Total Countries 18
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Arabized Berber, Ibidites, Moroccan Arab
People ID 10379
ROP3 Code 100226
Country Italy
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Italy
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Arabic, Algerian Spoken (22,000 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 (22,000 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 1.10 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
93.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source COMIBAM / Sepal 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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