Atta Berber in Morocco

The Atta Berber have only been reported in Morocco
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Introduction / History

Rather than calling themselves "Berbers," they refer to themselves by the name of their tribe, in this case, “Atta.” Berbers also use the overarching term "Imazighen." The arrival of Arabs in Morocco in the seventh century resulted in the gradual conversion of some Berbers to Islam. It was not until the thirteenth century, however, with the arrival of large numbers of Arabs from the Middle East, that most Berbers accepted Islam, learned the Arabic language, and were assimilated into Arab culture. The Atta tribe was noted for conducting raids on neighboring peoples as far east as what is now Algeria. The now live in southeastern Morocco.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Saharan Berbers like the Atta tribe have long been nomads, but in recent years they have become more settled. Governments impose their will on Berber peoples, restrict their movement, and force them to settle. The various Berber tribes in Morocco are leaving their mark on the language and culture, largely because of their large population. Berbers are in the majority, and their language has affected the Arabic dialect of Morocco.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Berbers are Sunni Muslims who believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will. In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


What Are Their Needs?

There are few if any churches, Christ followers or easily available Christian resources for the Atta Berbers. Who will go to them?


Prayer Points

Pray the Atta Berbers of Morocco will have access to the good news of Jesus in many forms, hearing clearly who he is, in their mother tongue.
Pray this will be the decade of harvest among Berber peoples in Morocco.
Pray for the gospel to spread from Atta Berber family to family and village to village.
Pray for the Lord to show himself powerful among the Atta Berber people through healing those in physical and spiritual need.


Scripture Prayers for the Berber, Atta in Morocco.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Berber, Atta
People Name in Country Berber, Atta
Natural Name Atta Berber
Pronunciation AH-tah BUR-bur
Alternate Names Atta Berbe; Yahia
Population this Country 155,000
Population all Countries 155,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
People ID 10482
ROP3 Code 100606
ROP25 Code 309189
ROP25 Name Berber, Shilha
Country Morocco
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 24  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread, especially Middle and east High Atlas Mountains, adjacent valleys to Taza, Rabat area; 1,200,000 in rural areas between Taza, Khemisset, Azilal, Errachidia; 100,000 outside the language area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Morocco
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 24  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread, especially Middle and east High Atlas Mountains, adjacent valleys to Taza, Rabat area; 1,200,000 in rural areas between Taza, Khemisset, Azilal, Errachidia; 100,000 outside the language area..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Berber, Atta in Morocco Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.02 %)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.98 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Tamazight, Central Atlas (155,000 speakers)
Language Code tzm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tamazight, Central Atlas (155,000 speakers)
Language Code tzm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tamazight, Central Atlas
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group location: Joshua Project. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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