Moor in Spain


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Introduction / History

The people known as Moors today are an offshoot of the Berber people, specifically a Hijazi Arab/Tuareg mixed tribe. When Arabs conquered North Africa in the 7th and 8th centuries, one of the first Berber people to convert where the Tuareg, who at that time dwelt on the African Red Sea coast. They helped the Arabs in their spread of Islam until they reached the Atlantic. From there the Moors and other Berber tribes conquered the Iberian Peninsula, Southern France and Italy and the island of Sicily. This kingdom was known as Al Andalusia or the Moroccan Empire. The Moors constructed cobblestone streets and multi-storied buildings. They built over 15 universities in Spain, Portugal and Morocco. The Moors, Arabs and Jews were expelled from Iberia in 1492 after King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella defeated the last of the Moorish strongholds. Today there are some Moors who have crossed the Mediterranean Sea in search of work. They often begin in places like Spain but try to move further north to countries like Germany with stronger economies and more jobs.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Though Muslims are often not welcome in that Iberian nation, Moors have the added problem of being associated with those who conquered Spain in the early 700s. For this reason, there are few Moors in Spain today.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Moors are virtually all Sunni Muslim and part of the Malikite sect. They have adopted Arab culture and speak Hassaniyya Arabic. Pre-Islamic North Africans were a matriarchal people who had female rulers and traced their lineage through women. Moors, Tuareg and Saharawi tribes on the other hand were patriarchal before the Arab conquest. The Moors acknowledge two main Islamic brotherhoods: the Qadiri and the Tajani. The Qadiri is the most widespread group and is characterized by many secret societies that are saturated with mysticism.


What Are Their Needs?

There has been little response to the gospel among the Moors. Prayer is the key to seeing them reached with the eternal blessings of Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for Moors to have their economic and spiritual needs met by Jehovah Jireh, their provider. Pray for Holy Spirit anointed workers to go to the Moors. Pray for a spiritual hunger among Moorish leaders that will lead them to open the doors of their understanding to Jesus Christ. Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ in Libya, Mauritania and Spain.


Scripture Prayers for the Moor in Spain.


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 11,000
Population all Countries 4,827,000
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 Spain
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Spain
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Religion: Islam
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 %
Primary Language Hassaniyya (11,000 speakers)
Language Code mey   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Hassaniyya (11,000 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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