Arabization of the African peoples of Sudan began in the 1300s with the powerful Ja'alin tribe. This country has been becoming more Arab and less African ever since. Sudan is a mixture of Arabic culture from the north and sub-Saharan African culture from the south. The Arabic culture is dominant, and many of the African peoples, including the Wali learn Arabic, and live more like Arabs than sub-Saharan Africans. There are many degrees of enculturation. Some have little contact with their traditional culture, while others are much more bi-cultural. Being more "Arab" than "African" allows someone to be part of the culture that holds political and economic power in Sudan. For the most part, the Wali culture is being eclipsed by the Arabs, though there are still some who remain part of the old culture.
The Arabized Wali people live in the southern part of Sudan.
There is little or nothing written about the lives of the Arabized Wali people of Sudan.
One aspect of being "Arabized" is that one is also Sunni Muslim. That is true for the Arabized Wali people. However, like just about all other Muslims in this region, the Wallis mix in pre-Islamic beliefs with their spirituality.
The Arabized Wali people need a spiritual hunger that will drive them to seek and find the only savior, Jesus Christ.
* Pray for the Arabized Wali people to have the chance to hear about what Jesus Christ has to offer them.
* Pray for them to have the gift of faith that will draw them to the only savior.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to emerge among this Muslim people group.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|Region||East and Southern Africa|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||4 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Primarily north Source: Ethnologue 2010|
|Primary Language||Arabic, Sudanese Spoken (56,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||apd Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Other People Groups||Speaking Arabic, Sudanese Spoken|
Primary Language: Arabic, Sudanese Spoken
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1978)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Amazon||National Bible Societies|
|Forum of Bible Agencies||World Bible Finder|
|Gospel Go||World Bibles|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||New|
|Audio Recordings||Arabic Bibles Online|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Sudanese Spoken|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.20 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|