Arab, Moroccan in United States

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Introduction / History

There were not many Moroccans in the U.S.A. till the middle of the twentieth century. After the Second World War, some Shepardhic Jews from Morocco emigrated to the U.S.A. because of poverty in North Africa. Arab Moroccans did not arrive in greater numbers till the late 1970s.

In the last two decades of the twentieth century, many Moroccans came to the United States to go to universities, colleges and medical schools. Some Moroccans emigrated to America for work and began businesses with small retail shops and restaurants. They speak Moroccan Arabic, French, English and Spanish.

In the late 1990s, Morocco began having economic problems and more Moroccans came to America. They had good work skills. Most came to New York, New England, California, Texas and Columbia. They owned small businesses or went into professional work. By the end of the 1990s most Moroccans were present or former students. Some were mechanics and others taxi drivers.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Many women work as well as doing house work. Some of them are teachers. The families are usually big ones.

There is a Moroccan American magazine called Tingis and it helps to build friendships with Morocco and the United States.

One of the favorite Moroccan foods in American supermarkets is called Couscous made from fine semolina. The Moroccans also like chicken with lemon and olives.

Moroccan Americans who are Muslims celebrate Ramadan for thirty days. They like the friendship it brings.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Moroccan Americans are Muslims and most of them Sunni Muslims. Men wear a Fez on their heads which is supposed to have come from the Moroccan city of the same name. Some women cover their faces with veils. The man is the main person in the family though Moroccan women have more freedom than most other Muslim women.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Arab, Moroccan
People Name in Country Arab, Moroccan
Population in United States 83,000
World Population 22,237,600
Total Countries 21
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2 to 3
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per
Alternate Names Arabized Berber, Jemmari, Maghreb Arab, Maghrebi Arab, Maghrib Arab, Moroccan Arab, Moroccan Arab-Berber, Moroccan Arabized Berber
People ID 13819
ROP3 Code 106804

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Arabic, Moroccan Spoken (83,000 speakers)
Language Code ary   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Moroccan Spoken
Primary Language Arabic, Moroccan Spoken (83,000 speakers)
Language Code ary   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Moroccan Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Moroccan Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1902-1952)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1932-2012)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1963–1973)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Forum of Bible Agencies
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World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Arabic, Moroccan Spoken
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Moroccan Spoken
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
General Bible Visuals
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Moroccan Standard Translation
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.00 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
98.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Jacques Bismuth  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Anonymous  
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