Marsh Arab in Iraq

The Marsh Arab have only been reported in Iraq
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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Marsh Arabs are inhabitants of the Tigris-Euphrates marshlands in the south and east of Iraq and along the Iranian border. They include many tribes and tribal confederations. Many were displaced when the wetlands were drained during and after the 1991 uprisings in Iraq. There has been considerable historic prejudice against these people, partly as they were considered to have Persian or other "mixed" origin.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Access to the marshes of Iraq is difficult, both because of the water and because of the turmoil in Iraq.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Marsh Arabs are Shia Muslims, but most maintain pre-Islamic and extra-Islamic beliefs.


What Are Their Needs?

Gospel radio broadcasts would be strategic in this region.


Prayer Points

Pray for the availability of these broadcasts, and that the people will learn of them and listen with understanding.
It's not certain there are followers of Jesus Christ among the Marsh Arabs. If there are, they are few. Please pray for any believers who may be there, and those who will soon become believers.
The marsh environment has meant that certain diseases, such as malaria, have been common. Farm fields and homes are vulnerable to periodic droughts and flooding. Pray for protection from these dangers.


Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Marsh in Iraq.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Marsh
People Name in Country Arab, Marsh
Natural Name Marsh Arab
Pronunciation marsh AE-rub
Alternate Names Ma'dan
Population this Country 52,000
Population all Countries 52,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 20715
ROP3 Code 116085
ROP25 Code 300410
ROP25 Name Arab, Marsh
Country Iraq
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 16  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Iraq
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 16  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Map of Arab, Marsh in Iraq Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Shia
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.20 %)
0.40 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.60 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Mesopotamian (52,000 speakers)
Language Code acm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Mesopotamian (52,000 speakers)
Language Code acm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Mesopotamian
Photo Source James Gordon - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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