Mozabite Berber in France

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Introduction / History

Mozabite Berbers live primarily in seven cities in and around Algeria's Mzab Valley. The largest city is Ghardaia, an an oasis 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 home. Some are earning their fortunes in France.

Where Are they Located?

The Mozabite Berbers who live in France are in urban centers like Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg, Lille, Marseille, and Bordeaux.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Many people of Berber descent in France have managed to go into exciting professions in sports, entertainment, or politics, but most have had to settle for ordinary jobs. No doubt many Mozabite Berbers own small businesses given their tradition of being merchants.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Mozabite Berbers are Ibadi Muslims and extremely devout and faithful to their traditional practices. Most members of this Islamic denomination live in Oman, but there are some in Libya and Algeria, including the Mozabite Berbers. 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. Those who have lived in France for many years might be tempted to become more secular in their spiritual outlook.

What Are Their Needs?

The Mozabite Berbers of France have very little gospel witness. Within their community, Islam is the only spiritual path allowed. France offers secularism and New Age thinking. They need people in their lives who will live out the gospel and explain why Jesus matters.

Prayer Points

Pray for Christ's ambassadors to go to this unreached and unengaged people to deliver the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Pray that the veil of unbelief will be removed from their spiritual eyes and the truth of the living water, which Jesus wants to flood their souls, will burst forth into their hearts. Pray that they will crave the spiritual water that only Jesus offers so much that they will share him with many other Muslims in France.

Scripture Prayers for the Berber, Mozabite in France.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Berber, Mozabite
People Name in Country Berber, Mozabite
Natural Name Mozabite Berber
Alternate Names Mozabite; Mzab Berber
Population this Country 5,000
Population all Countries 200,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 13842
ROP3 Code 106837
ROP25 Code 301088
ROP25 Name Berber, Saharan
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 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Tumzabt (5,000 speakers)
Language Code mzb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tumzabt (5,000 speakers)
Language Code mzb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tumzabt

Primary Language:  Tumzabt

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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