The Shihuh are fishermen and herdsmen and are probably descended from the original inhabitants of northern Oman, pushed into the mountains by successive Muslim and Portuguese invasions. The land in which they live is rocky and arid, with very little vegetation. Their stone houses are called bayt al qufl, which means "cave house", since they are partly underground. Until about the early 1970s, the tribe was isolated from the outside world. They did not trust outsiders, and it was common for visitors at that time to have stones thrown at them by tribesmen. Nowadays, the Shihu are no longer hostile to outsiders, but neither are they particularly friendly.
Much of the region is not hospitable to Christian outreach. That includes Oman.
There is a need for sustained prayer to prepare hearts, and to create desire to search for the peace found in Christ.
There are no known Christian believers among this people at this time.
Pray for hearts to begin to hunger for the forgiveness of sin found only in trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ.
Pray for sufficient rainfall to provide for livestock, and to grow grain needed for food.
Scripture Prayers for the Shihuh, Al-Shihuh in Oman.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Shihuh, Al-Shihuh|
|People Name in Country||Shihuh, Al-Shihuh|
|Alternate Names||Al-Shihuh; Arabic, Shihhi Spoken; Shihhi Spoken|
|Population this Country||17,000|
|Population all Countries||36,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Region||Africa, North and Middle East|
|Persecution Rank||47 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Musandam governorate. Source: Ethnologue 2020|
|Primary Language||Arabic, Shihhi Spoken (17,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||ssh Ethnologue Listing|