Berber, Mozabite in Algeria


Population
174,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

They live primarily in seven cities in and around the Mzab Valley, the largest of which is Ghardaia. It is an oasis in the midst of the stony Chebka region, which lies on the edge of the Sahara. While this is their homeland, they can be found in cities all over Algeria, as well as other cities around the world, where they are known as industrious merchants who bring their wealth back into the valley.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Their lives are shaped by a combination of practicality and tradition. No one misses the calls to prayer throughout the day. Women are protected from the prying eyes of men, but are encouraged to get an education and pursue careers if they wish. Many men travel throughout the country with their trades, but always return to the Mzab Valley they call home. It is a place of many contrasts, from high-speed Internet cafes to palm-thatched roofs, and the latest high-tech medical equipment not far from 1000-year-old homes. The seasonal Mzab wadi feeds ancient underground watering routes for their city gardens, while pumps outside of town feed crops that are fed by watering hoses, turning the desert there into a garden.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Ibadi Muslims and extremely devout and faithful to their traditional practices. They consider Arabs to not even be Muslims, because they do not adhere to Islam as closely. They value the bonds of their religious community very highly and go to great lengths to care for the poor and meet the needs of their community.


What Are Their Needs?

Recently, the poverty of their non-Mozabite neighbors has led to conflicts that have left several dead and the government siding with the Arabs against them. So, they have a need for peace.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-12-06
People Name General Berber, Mozabite
People Name in Country Berber, Mozabite
Population in Algeria 174,000
World Population 179,100
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Mozabite, Mzab Berber
People ID 13842
ROP3 Code 106837
Country Algeria
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 37  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mzab region south of Algiers. 7 oases, Ghardaïa is principal one.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Algeria
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 37  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mzab region south of Algiers. 7 oases, Ghardaïa is principal one..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language: Tumzabt (174,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: mzb   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Unknown
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Tumzabt (174,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: mzb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Tumzabt

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions No
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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