Berber, Senhaja in Morocco

Joshua Project has identified the Berber, Senhaja only in Morocco
Population
52,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Most of what we read about the Senhaja Berbers begins after the arrival of Islam in the 800s. At that time, the Senhajas spread out throughout northwest and western Africa, in what today is Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, and Senegal.

In the middle of the 1200s, a group of their chiefs who were returning from the Islamic hajj, invited the Muslim theologian, Ibn Yassin, to preach to their tribes. These tribes became united as a confederacy, which helped to establish Morocco as a nation. Today there are a couple of subtribes of the Senhaja Berbers, which are centered in Morocco. They are not as spread out as they were 900 years ago, though they left their mark in a wide region of northern and western Africa. There is some dispute as to whether they are Berber or sub-Saharan African.


Where Are they Located?

The Senhaja Berbers are located in the Middle Atlas Mountains of Morocco. They have subtribes in other parts of this nation, most notably the Zenaga tribe.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Senhaja Berbers are farmers or fishermen. Those who are higher up in status are Muslim teachers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost 100 percent of the Senhaja Berbers are Sunni Muslim. Only about one in 1,000 are Christian of any kind.


What Are Their Needs?

The Senhaja Berbers need to humble themselves and accept the lordship of Jesus Christ. He is the only means of salvation and eternal life.


Prayer Points

* Pray for the Lord to send believers from other Berber tribes to the Senhaja people.
* Pray for Senhaja elders and leaders to encounter the risen and victorious Christ.
* Pray for a disciple making movement among the various Senhaja Berber groups.


References

Profiles written by Global Prayer Digest
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20593/MO
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanhaja
http://www.africaresource.com/rasta/sesostris-the-great-the-egyptian-hercules/african-moors-of-the-great-sengal-empire/
http://www.liquisearch.com/what_is_sanhaja


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Berber, Senhaja
People Name in Country Berber, Senhaja
Population in Morocco 52,000
World Population 52,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2 to 3
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names
People ID 20593
ROP3 Code 116912
Country Morocco
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Taza-Al Hoceima-Taounate region: west of Tarifit, Ketama area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Morocco
Region Middle East and North Africa
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Taza-Al Hoceima-Taounate region: west of Tarifit, Ketama area..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Senhaja Berber (52,000 speakers)
Language Code sjs   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Senhaja Berber
Primary Language Senhaja Berber (52,000 speakers)
Language Code sjs   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Senhaja Berber

Primary Language:  Senhaja Berber

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.05 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.90 %
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
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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