Arab, Iraqi in France


Population
32,000
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Iraqi Arabs descended from a people group cluster called the Levant Arabs. The Levant Arabs originally settled all over the Arabian Peninsula and later migrated to North Africa. They are spread from Israel to Kuwait and as far east as Iran. "Levant" is a broad term that includes several groups of Arabs: Iraqi, Jordanian, Palestinian, Chaldean, and Syrian Arabs.

Most scholars consider Arabs from the Arabian Peninsula to be the original Arabs. The Arabian culture was developed by tribes of nomads and villagers who lived in the Arabian Desert for many centuries. It was also from there that Arab migrations began, eventually leading to the expansion of the Arab world.

Modern day Iraq is the home of the ancient Sumerian, Assyrian, and Babylonian empires. Iraq was occupied by Britain during World War I. In 1932, Iraq gained its independence. Some have migrated to European countries like France and England since that time.


Where Are they Located?

Iraqi Arabs in France gravitate to urban centers like Paris and Marseilles.


What Are Their Lives Like?

There are conflicting reports about whether the Iraqis in France are recent refugees or if they have been there for over a generation.


What Are Their Beliefs?

A little over half of the Iraqi Arabs are Shi'ite Muslims, and most of the rest of them are Sunni Muslims. There is a small minority that adheres to traditional forms of Christianity.

Since 2003, France has absorbed more refugees from war in Iraq. At different times each of three different religious groups have had to flee for safety.


What Are Their Needs?

The Iraqis in France have mostly been there long enough that the "window of receptivity" is over. But there will be more Iraqi Arabs coming to Europe in the coming months and years.


Prayer Points

* Pray that believers in Europe will lead Iraqis to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that Iraqi Arabs will read the Bible and be attracted to Jesus, realizing that he is the Christ.
* Pray for a disciple making movement to begin among Iraqi Arabs in Europe.


References

http://www.al-fanarmedia.org/2016/07/awaiting-asylum-in-france-iraqi-students-doctoral-plans-are-on-hold/
http://www.france24.com/en/20160120-islamic-state-group-dabiq-paris-attacks-iraqis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabs_in_Europe
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/09/world/middleeast/iraq-migrants-refugees-europe.html?_r=0
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraqi_diaspora_in_Europe


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Arab, Iraqi
People Name in Country Arab, Iraqi
Population in France 32,000
World Population 17,701,700
Total Countries 24
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Arab, Mesopotamian Speakers, Arab-Mesopotamian, Iraqi Arab, Iraqi Arabs, Mesopotamian Spoken, North Iraqi Arab
People ID 12247
ROP3 Code 104056
Country France
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country France
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (32,000 speakers)
Language Code acm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken
Primary Language Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (32,000 speakers)
Language Code acm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions No
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken
Film / Video Psalm of David 96 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Stories of the Prophets - David Psalm 23 (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Lamp on the Stand (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Lost Coin (Indigitube.tv)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
95.80 %
Non-Religious
0.20 %
Other / Small
2.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source James Gordon  Creative Commons 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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