Arab, Tunisian in Belgium


Population
4,400
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

In the first few centuries after Christ, Christianity spread throughout North Africa. A strong church was established in present-day Tunisia despite intense persecution from the Romans. Ancient baptisteries and sites of martyrdom can be found among the ruins. However, disunity, factions, and a failure to translate the Bible into the local languages weakened the church.

When Arab invaders arrived in the 7th century an empty shell of a church was all that existed. Islam spread rapidly and the Christian roots of the people were forgotten. The early Islamic period was a time when "Arab identity" meant that all Arabs had descended from a common male ancestor. Thus, being an Arab brought recognition, honor, and certain privileges.

Tunisians tend to be more modern and secular than other Arab Muslim peoples. This mindset has, no doubt, helped Tunisians fit in with Europe's culture better than other Arabic-speaking people.

Tunisia has a large youth population that is highly educated. Almost two out of every three Arabs are under the age of 30. Both the Middle East and North Africa have the highest youth unemployment on the planet. Frustration, lack of opportunity, and government corruption produced a revolution in January 2011 resulting in the president fleeing the country, regime change, and the Arab Spring (the ripples of Tunisia's revolution spread to Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and other Arabic-speaking countries). The aftermath of this time period is still being felt as Tunisians and other Arabic-speaking people are fleeing to Europe to find safety.


Where Are they Located?

Tunisian Arabs are most likely to live in Belgium's urban centers.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Some Tunisian Arabs have managed to start small businesses in Belgium, while others struggle with unemployment.

Tunisian Arabs typically live in proximity to their extended families and place a high value on family. But with many going to Europe for work, these family ties are becoming weaker.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Virtually all Tunisian Arabs are Sunni Muslim, even those in Belgium. While many are nominal or secular, Islam heavily influences every aspect of Tunisian culture. Their religious practices include various ceremonies and festivals that bring them together as a community.


What Are Their Needs?

Most Muslims say they love Jesus, but few have heard His teachings. Resources in the various Arabic dialects are available; however, there needs to be a greater effort to effectively distribute these to Arabs in each of the European countries. Believers can meet with spiritually hungry Muslims and teach them about Jesus from the Bible.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Tunisians in Belgium will hear and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ and the promise of salvation to those who believe in Him. May they have the joy of knowing they are secure in the embrace of Jesus.
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to share the love of Christ with Tunisian Arabs in Belgium.
* Pray that God will raise up faithful intercessors who will stand in the gap for Tunisian Arabs wherever they live.
* Pray that the softening of their traditional culture will create open doors for the gospel to be preached among them.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Diaspora Arabs in Europe.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15641/BE
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15641/TS
http://www.expat.com/en/nationalities/tunisian/in/europe/belgium/
http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/News/1.942223
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunisian_diaspora
https://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/14029/tunisians-living-in-belgium-shout-slogans-during-a-protest-against-tunisias-president-ben-ali-in-brussels/
https://migrantsatsea.org/2011/04/11/belgium-plans-to-reintroduce-border-controls-to-block-entry-by-tunisians-from-italy/
http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2009/08/14/guantanamo-in-belgium/
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15641/NLs
http://deredactie.be/cm/vrtnieuws.english/News/1.942223


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Arab, Tunisian
People Name in Country Arab, Tunisian
Population in Belgium 4,400
World Population 10,855,600
Total Countries 11
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Tunisian Arab
People ID 15641
ROP3 Code 110285
Country Belgium
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Belgium
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language: Arabic, Tunisian Spoken (4,400 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: aeb   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Arabic, Tunisian Spoken (4,400 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: aeb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Arabic, Tunisian Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1903-1928)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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 Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Tunisian Spoken
General Four Spiritual Laws
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Arabic Tunisian New Testament
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
0.30 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.70 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
30.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
5.0 %
Protestant
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
Photo Source: Tarek   Creative Commons  
Profile Source: Keith Carey  
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