Moor in France

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Introduction / History

The term "Moor" is generally applied to any person, regardless of skin color, who speaks one of the Hassaniya dialects. Therefore, there are both black and white Moors who speak the same language. This language, in its purest form, draws heavily from the original Yemeni Arabic spoken by the Bani Hassan tribe, which invaded northwest Africa during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Traditional Moorish society is primarily nomadic and is organized into successive ranks of tribes, clans, sub-clans, and tent units. Several tribes form a tribal alliance. Their social structure resembles that of other Saharan and Arab tribal societies. Over the years, many wars, bandit raids, and organized attacks took place in this region, causing the nomads to live in a constant state of insecurity. They produced a complex social structure in an attempt to defend themselves.
Today, the Moors have four basic class divisions based on heritage, race, and occupation. The White Moors form the two upper classes, while the Black Moors make up the two lower classes. Starting in 711 Arabs, Moors and Berbers invaded Spain and Portugal. They controlled all or part of this part of Europe for hundreds of years. Since that time Spain and Portugal managed to control what is now Mauritania during the colonial era.
Mauritanian people have limited access to health care, coupled with poor living conditions and high unemployment, leaves the young Moors with very little choice. Many decide to embark on a dangerous journey in the hope of eking out a living in European countries like France. They first arrived in the 1960s when France had a need for cheap labor. Since that time the number of Moors arriving in France has gone up and down depending on the needs of the French and the Moors themselves. Some of them are met with scorn, but that is far better than facing dire poverty like they did in Mauritania.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Some of the ethnic Moors in France are the grandchildren of those who arrived 60 years ago. Moors are at various stages of enculturation. Some prefer to maintain the ways of the old country, while the younger generation is willing to adapt to the ways of the French.
One of the first bridges is sports. There are many excellent Moorish soccer players in France. Others are in the entertainment industry; singers and actors. They are highly unlikely to adapt Christianity, however.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Moors are virtually all Sunni Muslim. White Moors adopted Arab culture and Sunni Islam is part of this cultural package. The Black Moors also hold to Sunni Islam, but they are not as likely to be committed to it as the other group. If someone were to reach out to the Moors in France, they would have to do separate church planting efforts among each of these two groups.

What Are Their Needs?

The Moors need job training to fit in with France's modern industrial economy.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Moors in France will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings.
Pray for workers who are driving by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them.
Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among them to begin this decade.

Scripture Prayers for the Moor in France.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Moor
People Name in Country Moor
Pronunciation moorh
Alternate Names Bidan; Bidan Maure; Bithan; Hassaniya; White Moor
Population this Country 19,000
Population all Countries 4,707,000
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 13592
ROP3 Code 106417
ROP25 Code 305601
ROP25 Name Moor
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
90.00 %
10.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Hassaniyya (19,000 speakers)
Language Code mey   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Hassaniyya (19,000 speakers)
Language Code mey   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Hassaniyya
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Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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