Zenaga in Mauritania


Population
8,300
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Zenaga is a Berber language. Berbers generally prefer to call themselves Amazigh, meaning free men. They are the original inhabitants of North Africa, which has been overrun by the Roman Empire, and later by the Arabs in the 600s. Since that time, they have largely been "Arabized" meaning their language and culture have been influenced by the Arabs. But they still yearn for freedom no matter where they live.

In general, Berbers feel that the more powerful Arabs have controlled them, though the two groups have often worked together throughout history. Berber groups like the Zenaga speakers would love to have complete freedom, but there are more powerful groups wherever they live. In the case of the Zenagas who live in Mauritania, the Moors are a powerful ethnic group.


Where Are they Located?

Zenaga speakers live in either Mauritania or Senegal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

It is highly possible that Zenaga Berbers are not satisfied with their economic situation or the lack of good roads, potable water or electricity.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The primary religion practiced by the Zenaga Berbers in Mauritania is Sunni Islam, the largest branch of Islam. Sunni Muslims follow the teachings of the Qur'an and consider the first four caliphs to be the rightful successors of Muhammad.


What Are Their Needs?

There are few if any Christian materials in their language.


Prayer Points

* There are no Zenaga speakers who have embraced Jesus Christ, so pray for the Holy Spirit to move in their communities in the coming years.
* Pray for opportunities for Zenaga speakers to hear and respond to Jesus Christ, despite the fact they live in a closed country.
* Pray for a Disciple-Making movement to move through Zenaga communities in both Mauritania and Senegal


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11621/SG
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berbers
http://countrystudies.us/mauritania/30.htm
http://www.country-data.com/cgi-bin/query/r-8513.html
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11621/SG
http://www.peoplegroups.org/Explore/groupdetails.aspx?peid=13581
http://www.sciencephoto.com/media/469298/view
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenaga_language


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Zenaga
People Name in Country Zenaga
Population in Mauritania 8,300
World Population 11,300
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 0  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Berber, Duaish, Idaouich, Masna, Nimadi
People ID 11621
ROP3 Code 102734
Country Mauritania
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 47  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Mauritania
Region West and Central Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 47  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Hassaniyya
Language Code mey   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Zenaga
People Groups Speaking Hassaniyya
Primary Language Hassaniyya
Language Code mey   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Zenaga
People Groups Speaking Hassaniyya

Primary Language:  Hassaniyya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Hassaniyya
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hassaniyya
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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