Shuwa Arabs in Canada

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Shuwa Arabs are commonly referred to as the "Baggara." This name is derived from the Arabic word bagar, meaning "cow," and refers to the Arab tribes in West Africa who are cattle herders. They are spread from the Lake Chad region eastward to the Nile River in the countries of Sudan, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria, and the Central African Republic. They live in a hot, semi-arid climate with zones ranging from sparse shrub lands to wooded grasslands.

The Baggara tribes are of Arab descent and mainly speak the Shuwa dialect of the Arabic language. They entered western Sudan between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and have gradually moved east and west from there. By the eighteenth century, they were concentrated primarily to the north and east of Lake Chad. Their tribes continued moving eastward until they became widely scattered across the horizontal plains of West Africa. They have intermarried with the tribes who lived close to them. This mixture of blood has given the Baggara darker skin and thicker lips than other Arabs.

In recent decades, war has been a constant plague in the central African lands where the Shuwa Arabs live. Many have had to flee to safer lands like Canada where a small number of them are adjusting to an entirely different life.

Where Are they Located?

Shuwa Arabs in Canada live in Toronto, Hamilton, Calgary, and other urban centers.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Many Sudanese Arabs in Canada are unemployed due to a lack of language or job skills. Pray for them to get the training they need to thrive in Canada.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Baggara have been Muslims since the thirteenth century. They wear the clothes prescribed by the Muslim religion, and bury their dead facing Mecca, the "holy city" of Islam. The Baggara strongly believe in evil spirits. Each morning, a man sneezes in order to rid his nostrils of the evil spirit who slept there the night before.

What Are Their Needs?

The Shuwa Arabs in Canada need people to help them with language and work skills so they can adjust to their new urban environment.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Baggara, Shuwa Arab in Canada.

* Pray for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Shuwa Arabs in Canada.
* Pray for a movement of Shuwa Arab households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Shuwa Arabs to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Shuwa Arabs in Canada.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Baggara, Shuwa Arab
People Name in Country Baggara, Shuwa Arab
Natural Name Shuwa Arabs
World Population 3,762,000
Total Countries 8
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Baggara; Chad Arab; Chadian Arab; Shuwa; Shuwa Arab; Shuweihat
People ID 14926
ROP3 Code 108972
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Arabic, Chadian Spoken (700 speakers)
Language Code shu   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Chadian Spoken (700 speakers)
Language Code shu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Chadian Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Chadian Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1964)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2012)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2020)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
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 Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings StoryRunners Oral Bible Stories
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Chadian Spoken
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Chadian Arabic (Arabic script)
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Chadian Arabic (Roman script)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
4.00 %
Ethnic Religions
96.00 %
Other / Small
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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