Arosien Bedouin in Western Sahara

The Bedouin, Arosien have only been reported in Western Sahara
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Introduction / History

There are many tribes in the Saharan Desert; among them are the Arosien people. For centuries, they have been living in an inhospitable region where food and water are difficult to find. Islam came out of the Arabian Peninsula, and the first converts were from Bedouin tribes. It reached the Arosien people later, since Islam originated hundreds of miles to the east of what is now Western Sahara.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Saharan Bedouin like the Arosien tribe have long been nomads, but in recent years have become more settled. Governments impose their will on Bedouin peoples, restrict their movement, and force them to settle. The government of Western Sahara is less powerful than those of nearby nations, so the Arosien tribe has more freedom than Bedouins further east. Bedouin tribes have a patriarchal family structure. Inheritance is from the father’s side of the family. The father or grandfather takes leadership. They sometimes call him their sheikh. Sheikhs are advised by a tribal council made up of male elders. Saharan Bedouins are suspicious and alert, not revealing much about their personal background.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Early converts to Islam came from Bedouin tribes, and Sunni Islam is embedded and deeply rooted in Bedouin culture. Prayer is an integral part of Bedouin life. As there are no formal mosques in the desert, they pray where they are, facing the Ka 'aba in Mecca.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bedouin, Arosien in Western Sahara.

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will draw the Arosien tribe to the foot of the cross. Pray for Arosien elders and leaders to have dreams and visions of the risen Christ. Pray for the Lord to make a way for Christ’s ambassadors to go to the Arosien tribe. Pray for a movement to Christ among the Arosien and other Bedouin tribes.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-02-04
People Name General Bedouin, Arosien
People Name in Country Bedouin, Arosien
Natural Name Arosien Bedouin
Population this Country 8,000
Population all Countries 8,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Arosien; Bedouin
People ID 10435
ROP3 Code 100525
Primary Language Arabic, Hassaniyya (8,000 speakers)
Language Code mey   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Hassaniyya (8,000 speakers)
Language Code mey   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Hassaniyya

Primary Language:  Arabic, Hassaniyya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2002-2005)
Bible-New Testament Yes
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Audio New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hassaniyya
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Gospel resources links
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Saharawi Network 
Map Source Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more