Iraqi Arabs in Italy


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Introduction / History

Arabs from the Arabian Peninsula are considered 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 into Iraq and beyond.

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: the Iraqi, Jordanian, Palestinian, Arabic Jewish, Chaldean, and Syrian Arabs.

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.


Where Are they Located?

Most Iraqi Arabs live in Iraq, but there are a number of them who have had to flee for their lives because of violence and mayhem that happened after Saddam Hussein was driven from power in 2003. As Iraq continues to be unstable, more Iraqi refugees continue to flow to Europe, usually starting in southern countries like Greece, Italy and Spain. Because these countries have weaker economies than countries like England and Germany, they try to find their way to places where they can find jobs and re-build their lives.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today some of the Iraqi Arabs live in the cities and towns of Italy. This has caused traditional family and tribal ties to be broken down somewhat. Women, as well as men, now have greater educational and employment opportunities. These and other changes have created a new "middle class" within their society. The Diaspora Arab communities fit into this new "middle class" category, especially since the people who had the means to leave Iraq were not the very poor. Because the Diaspora Arabs have been exposed to Western culture on a grand scale, their traditional culture and way of life have undergone many changes. As a result, they have experienced much tension. For example, there is greater freedom for women to leave the home, fewer arranged marriages, and less social pressure to conform to traditional religious practices.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Iraqi Arabs can be either Sunni or Shi'ite Muslim. There is much hostility between these two branches of Islam in Iraq, especially since they are commonly used as rallying points for those who wish to take political control by force.


What Are Their Needs?

Iraqis in Italy are in desperate need of jobs. They need to find the opportunity to re-build their lives in Italy and other European countries.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Iraqi in Italy.

* Pray for a chain reaction of families in Italy reaching Iraqi Arab families resulting in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.
* Pray for grace and truth expanding into the entire Iraqi Arab society as all believers learn to love others.
* Pray that churches and believers will bless their entire people group in such a way that God’s love will change Iraqi Arabs like yeast changes dough.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12247/SP
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraqi_diaspora_in_Europe
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabs_in_Italy
https://www.quora.com/Are-there-so-many-Iraqis-in-Italy
https://www.enimerosi.com/details_en.php?id=17921
https://ambbaghdad.esteri.it/ambasciata_baghdad/en/i_rapporti_bilaterali/cooperazione%20allo%20sviluppo/la-cooperazione-italia-iraq-un.html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-04-18
People Name General Arab, Iraqi
People Name in Country Arab, Iraqi
Natural Name Iraqi Arabs
Population this Country 2,200
Population all Countries 16,833,000
Total Countries 24
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Arab, Mesopotamian Speakers; Arab-Mesopotamian; Iraqi Arab; Iraqi Arabs; Mesopotamian Spoken; North Iraqi Arab
People ID 12247
ROP3 Code 104056
Country Italy
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Italy
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (2,200 speakers)
Language Code acm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (2,200 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 Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2005)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
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 Stories of the Prophets - Music Video - David Psalm 23
Film / Video The Lamp on the Stand
Film / Video The Lost Coin (Eng Sub)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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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