The Berber peoples are the original peoples of North Africa. When the Romans conquered them, they called them Berbers, which means, "barbarian." Berbers have always craved independence. They made things difficult for all people who conquered them, from the Romans, to the Vandals, to the Arabs, to the European colonialists.
One of the Berber peoples, the Imazighen, are from the Maghreb Region of Northwestern Africa, specifically Morocco. In recent decades, the opportunity to migrate to western Europe offered a solution to Morocco's population explosion. By the early 1980s, over half a million workers, including many Berbers, had established themselves in Europe. In the latter 1980s, the European labor market closed to new workers.
Most Imazighen Berbers are in Morocco, and some have migrated to France. A few live in the UK.
There are not many Berber people in the UK, since it was the Spanish and the French who colonized the Maghreb, not the British. Most likely, the few who live in the UK blend in with other Muslim peoples, especially the Arab populations.
The Imazighen Berbers are virtually all Muslim; however, their religious practices are based more on traditions than on the Koran. Their societies are organized around two main systems: Islam and the tribe. However, there are many differences between urban and rural societies. In urban areas, orthodox Islam prevails; whereas, in rural societies, ancient beliefs and customs are intermingled with their Muslim faith.
Most of the Imazighen Berbers have continued in their traditional worship of saints. One group of spiritual leaders called marabouts is considered "living saints." They are believed to possess healing abilities and supernatural powers. Each of the villages reveres one or more of these "saints."
The Imazighen Berbers, be they in Morocco, France, or England, desperately need to understand that they need Jesus Christ in their lives. There is no other name by which they can be saved.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Berber, Imazighen|
|People Name in Country||Berber, Imazighen|
|Population in United Kingdom||3,100|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|Unengaged||Yes (per Finishing the Task)|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Amazigh, Bekhti, Beraber, Berber, Berraber, Blue Berber, Central Shilha, Imazighen, Middle Atlas Berber, Shilha, Tamazight|
|Primary Language||Tamazight, Central Atlas (3,100 speakers)|
|Language Code||tzm Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Tamazight, Central Atlas|
Primary Language: Tamazight, Central Atlas
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|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 Scripture / Portions, NT|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Tamazight, Central Atlas|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.10 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|