Swahili in Saudi Arabia


Population
388,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge


Coastal Swahili People Video

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Introduction

The name Swahili literally means "coast," and is the name traditionally given to several people groups that share a common culture, language (Swahili), and religion (Islam) living along the eastern coast of Africa. Today, the Swahili are scattered along eastern Africa and the Persian Gulf, from Saudi Arabia to Zambia. Though they are called "Swahili" by others, they prefer to be named according to their local settlements. For about 2,000 years, the backbone of the Swahili economy has been commerce. They worked as cross-national merchants trading spices, slaves, ivory, gold, and grain. Today, international commerce is still important to the Swahili but to a lesser degree. Many upper class Swahili now manage small businesses, do clerical work, and teach school. Since the Swahili are predominantly Muslim, Islamic practices play a large role in their daily activities. The central building in each town is the mosque.


Ministry Obstacles

Swahili have generally been staunch Muslims for generations, a tradition that partially defines them.


Outreach Ideas

Perhaps the Swahili will learn of the possibility of scripture downloads from the web and will be curious enough to read these downloads on their computers or phones.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are likely no followers of Jesus today among the Swahili of Saudi Arabia. Please pray the Lord will soon stir the hearts of many in this tribe to find out more about Isa (Jesus) as the Koran is read in the mosque. Pray Jesus will appear to some in dreams or visions.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Swahili in all countries of residence will gain an interest in the Savior, Jesus Christ. He died that they may find eternal life.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer / Resource Links:
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People Name General Swahili
People Name in Country Swahili
Population in Saudi Arabia 388,000
World Population 929,800
Total Countries 22
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 8 to 10
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names African Black, Arab-Swahili, Bantu, Baraawe, Barwaani, Black African, Central Swahili, Coastal, Coastal Swahili, Mrima, Shirazi, Siddi, Swahili Shamba, Urban, Zanzibari
People ID 15145
ROP3 Code 109644
Country Saudi Arabia
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 14  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Saudi Arabia
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 14  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Swahili
Language Code swh   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Swahili
Primary Language Swahili
Language Code swh   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Swahili

Primary Language:  Swahili

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1868-1968)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1879-1989)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1891-2009)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Interconfessional (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Swahili
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video Walk with Jesus (Africa, JFP)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Swahili Union Version
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Swahili, Common Language Bible
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 Bethany World Prayer Center  
Video Source LinkUp Africa
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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