Sri Lanka Moor in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka Moor have only been reported in Sri Lanka
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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction

The Moors trace their ancestry to Arab traders who settled in Sri Lanka some time between the eighth and fifteenth centuries. Fascinated by the scenic splendor, Muslim merchants arrived in large numbers and some decided to settle in the island, encouraged by the cordial treatment they received from local rulers. Most lived along the coastal areas in peace and prosperity. The Sri Lankan Moors possess a unique culture that differentiates them from the dominant Sinhalese and Tamil ethnic groups on the island. The culture of Sri Lankan Moors has been strongly shaped by Islam, hence most customs and practices are dictated by Islamic law. While preserving many of their ancestral customs, the Moors have also adopted several South Asian practices.


Ministry Obstacles

The Moors should better understand the full nature of Christ, the Son of God, deity. Also, the Gospel of grace is difficult to fully believe and accept by those who have been steeped in law and its requirements. Pray the Lord's Spirit will reveal these truths to the Moors.


Outreach Ideas

The main language of the Moors is Sinhalese, and there are many resources available in Sinhalese. The complete Bible has been available for many years, as well as the Jesus film, Gospel recordings, the God's Story video, etc. Workers are needed to carry these resources to the Moors of Sri Lanka.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known Christian believers among the Moors. However, pray the Lord is even now preparing pastors and teachers to help those who will soon come to Christ. Pray these new believers will quickly become firmly established in the grace of Jesus Christ.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Thank the Lord for renewed peace on the island of Sri Lanka, and pray this peace will remain. Pray for reduced tensions between the major ethnic groupings on the island.


Scripture Prayers for the Sri Lanka Moor in Sri Lanka.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-29
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-10-09
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-18
People Name General Sri Lanka Moor
People Name in Country Sri Lanka Moor
World Population 673,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 13
Alternate Names Moor; श्री लॅंकन मूर
People ID 11283
ROP3 Code 101949
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 46  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Western
392,000
North Western
85,000
Eastern
57,000
Southern
41,000
Central
40,000
Uva
31,000
Sabaragamuwa
13,000
North Central
13,000
Northern
1,700
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 46  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 9
  Western 392,000
  North Western 85,000
  Eastern 57,000
  Southern 41,000
  Central 40,000
  Uva 31,000
  Sabaragamuwa 13,000
  North Central 13,000
  Northern 1,700
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil (673,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tamil (673,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tamil

Primary Language:  Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1714-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1715-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1727-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Finding Peace
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Bible Visuals
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.85 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.15 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Sri Lanka census data.  Current values may differ.