Arab, Sudanese in Canada

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Sudanese Arabs originated in the Khartoum region of Sudan many centuries ago. Today, they live primarily in northern and central Sudan and in Egypt. A few groups are also scattered in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Libya, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates.

The first "pure" Arabs were called "Bedouins." They were tribal nomads from Saudi Arabia, famous for their love of poetry and war. The Sudanese are a tribe who branched off of the Bedouins. Sudanese Arabs have also intermarried with African tribes, so they are a hybrid Arab culture.

For decades, Sudan has been wracked with bloodshed. First there was fighting between the "Arab" northerners and the southern African peoples. The violence did not stop after the southern regions split into a different country. Killings, mass rapes, looting of livestock and burning of villages by the Arab militia, janjaweed, have devastated Sudan. Though the African populations have been most affected by this, there is much violence against the Arab populations as well. Some of the Arab people have had no choice but to leave Sudan.

Where Are they Located?

Sudanese 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.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sudanese Arabs are Muslims, as are most Arabs. Identification with the Islamic religion is one of the primary cultural characteristics of most Arabs. They are devoted to their faith, and this is evident in their daily life.

What Are Their Needs?

The Sudanese Arabs have left a land of cruel violence and abuse. Some are traumatized. Most all of them need language and work skills so they can take on new lives in Canada.

Prayer Points

* Ask the Lord to call out prayer teams to break up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Pray for additional Bibles and Christian literature to be provided for Sudanese Arabs in Canada.
* Pray that God will raise up long term workers to join those who have already responded to frontier mission work in Canada.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will complete the work begun in the hearts of Sudanese Arabs through adequate discipleship.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Sudanese Arabs for the glory of his name!


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Arab, Sudanese
People Name in Country Arab, Sudanese
Population in Canada 13,000
World Population 19,396,800
Total Countries 18
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per
Alternate Names Arabic, Sudanese Spoken, Sudanese, Sudanese Arab
People ID 15104
ROP3 Code 109571
Primary Language Arabic, Sudanese Spoken (13,000 speakers)
Language Code apd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Sudanese Spoken
Primary Language Arabic, Sudanese Spoken (13,000 speakers)
Language Code apd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Sudanese Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Sudanese Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1927-1964)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1978)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
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)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Sudanese Spoken
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
97.00 %
Other / Small
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Steve Evans  Creative Commons 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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