Berber, Mozabite in Algeria

Berber, Mozabite
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Map Source:  Bethany World Prayer Center
People Name: Berber, Mozabite
Country: Algeria
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 195,000
World Population: 200,000
Primary Language: Tumzabt
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Unspecified
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Berber-Saharan
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Mozabite Berbers live primarily in seven cities in and around the Mzab Valley, the largest of which is Ghardaia. It is an oasis amid the stony Chebka region, which lies on the edge of the Sahara. While this is their homeland, they can be found in cities all over Algeria, as well as other cities around the world, where they are known as industrious merchants who bring their wealth back into the valley.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The lives of the Mozabite Berbers are shaped by a combination of practicality and tradition. Women are protected from the prying eyes of men but are encouraged to get an education and pursue careers if they wish. Many men travel throughout the country with their trades, but always return to the Mzab Valley they call home. It is a place of many contrasts, from high-speed Internet cafes to palm-thatched roofs, and the latest high-tech medical equipment not far from 1000-year-old homes. The seasonal Mzab wadi feeds ancient underground watering routes for their city gardens, while pumps outside of town feed crops that are fed by watering hoses, turning the desert there into a garden.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Mozabite Berbers are Ibadi Muslims and extremely devout and faithful to their traditional practices. They value the bonds of their religious community very highly and go to great lengths to care for the poor and meet the needs of their community.

What Are Their Needs?

Recently, the poverty of their non-Mozabite neighbors has led to conflicts that have left several dead and the government siding with the Arabs against them. They need peace in their homeland.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to break through the spiritual darkness and rescue the Mozabite Berbers in the name of Jesus Christ.
Pray for Mozabite Berbers elders to have dreams and visions that draw them to Jesus Christ.
Pray for loving and dedicated workers to go to the Mozabite Berbers.

Text Source:   Joshua Project