Hausa in Algeria


Population
11,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Hausa people are very influential in West Africa, both culturally and politically. They are the largest people group in that region. The Hausa have been heavily involved in long distance trading for many centuries. Traders exchanged gold from the Middle East for leather, crafts and food.

By 1500 A.D., Islam had been introduced to the Hausa by Arab traders. Many of the urban Hausa embraced it right away in hopes of enhancing their businesses. However, the villagers were not as receptive to this new religion. In the "holy wars" of 1804 and 1808, the Hausa were conquered by the Fulani, their staunch Islamic neighbors. At that time, many of the villagers were either forced or bribed into becoming Muslim. They adopted some of Islam's basic outward behaviors and rituals, but did not "sell out" as many of the urban Hausa did.

The Hausa language is dominant in West Africa, where they are from. It must be an adjustment for those who live in Algeria to learn modern Arabic.


Where Are they Located?

The Hausa are originally from "Hausaland," a region covering 75,000 square miles and straddling the borders of Niger and Nigeria. From 1890 to 1960, Hausaland was divided into two sovereign states under French and British rule. After 1960, one became the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the other, the Republic of Niger. Hausa communities can also be found in other West African nations such as Chad, Ghana and the Ivory Coast. A smaller number live in the North African country of Algeria.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Hausa Muslims are known for being hospitable to strangers. In the Hausa language, one word, bako, is used to define both "guest" and "stranger."

In marriage relationships, close relatives, preferably cousins, are chosen as partners. It is a patrilineal society, or one in which the line of descent is traced through the males. Girls often marry between the ages of 12 and 14. Unfortunately, 50 percent of the women are divorced; but because there is such pressure to be married and have children, most of them will remarry.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Today, many of Hausa are only superficially Muslim, and their religious practices have been mixed with local traditions. They believe in a variety of spirits, both good and bad. Traditional rituals include making sacrificial offerings to the spirits and to the spirit possessed. Most rituals are performed by family members, but specialists are called upon to cure diseases.


What Are Their Needs?

Everyone expects a Hausa to be Muslim. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why they have remained so resistant to the gospel.


Prayer Points

* Ask the Lord to send long term laborers to live among the Hausas in Algeria and share the love of Christ with them.
* Pray that God will raise up faithful intercessors who will stand in the gap for the Hausa.
* Ask God to strengthen, encourage and protect the small number of Muslim Hausa who have decided to follow Christ.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to open the hearts of the Hausa towards Jesus Christ as He is presented in the gospels.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Hausa people in Nigeria and in Algeria.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12070/NI
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12070/NG
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hausa_people
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Hausa
http://www.everyculture.com/wc/Mauritania-to-Nigeria/Hausa.html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-12-23
Link Up Africa
People Name General Hausa
People Name in Country Hausa
Population in Algeria 11,000
World Population 43,089,800
Total Countries 16
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Adarawa, Adarawa Hausa, Arawa, Arewa, Fellata, Hausa Ajami, Hausa Fulani, Hausawa, Kurfei, Maguzawa, North Hausa, Soudie, Tazarawa
People ID 12070
ROP3 Code 103733
Country Algeria
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 36  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Algeria
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 36  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Language Hausa
Language Code hau   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hausa
Primary Language Hausa
Language Code hau   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hausa

Primary Language:  Hausa

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1857-1988)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1880-1965)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1932-2004)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hausa
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Mohammed (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video Walk with Jesus (Africa, JFP)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Hausa Bible
Text / Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni
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
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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