Berabish Bedouin in Mauritania


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Introduction / History

The Arab conquests of the seventh century brought about a rapid expansion of the Bedouin tribes. At that time, thousands of Bedouins left the Middle East and began spreading across North Africa. They have adapted well to the nomadic or semi-nomadic way of life in the desert. The name "Bedouin" is derived from the Arab word bedu. It is a term used to differentiate between those groups who migrate with their herds and those which have settled in an urban or agricultural area. Although distinct, both communities rely on each other economically, socially and politically. Many people picture the Bedouin as nomads clothed in long flowing robes, riding across the desert on their camels. In reality however, their identity is more varied. Today, many Bedouin live as semi-nomads, both migrating with their herds and engaging in some form of settled agriculture. Apart from tribal affiliations, there is little to distinguish one group from another. Bedouin tribes speak Arabic and claim Arab descent. One of these tribes is the Berabish tribe. They only live in Mauritania and Mali.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Bedouin society is organized according to a series of overlapping kin groups. The family is the smallest unit, followed by the clan, then the tribe. The Berabish tribe has a tradition of marrying a close relative like a cousin. This is a way for families to keep the little wealth they have. Like other Bedouins, the Berabish tribe has less physical wealth than most other populations in Libya. In their spare time, the Berabish tribe loves camel racing and falconry as sports. They sometimes bet their livestock on a particular camel race.


What Are Their Beliefs?

While most of the Bedouin are Sunni Muslims (many of the Malikite branch), there is still a basic belief in spirits known as jinnis. The jinnis are, according to Arab legend, spirits capable of assuming human or animal form and exercising supernatural influence over humans. Their folk Islamic rituals do not give them reassurance or peace, and they often feel fearful. The Koran warns them against dabbling in the spirit world, but they do it because they believe the spirits will help them with their daily needs. A few Bedouin tribes have been influenced by the mystic tradition in Islam known as Sufism. A Sufi is someone who believes that he has acquired a special inner knowledge direct from Allah. It is more emotion-based than other forms of Islam, and many Sufis are seeking a relationship with Allah. This is a possible Segway to the gospel.


What Are Their Needs?

The Berabish Bedouins have many physical needs. They often go without enough food, and they rarely have access to produce, which is where we get most of our vitamins and minerals. Commonly, Bedouins suffer from respiratory diseases, and they don’t have adequate access to medical facilities since they live in remote areas. Their nomadic lifestyle is rapidly becoming less and less possible given the increasing dryness of their desert homelands.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bedouin, Berabish in Mauritania.

Pray for the Berabish Bedouins to look to God for their physical and spiritual needs. Pray for the Lord to show himself faithful to the Berabish Bedouins of Mauritania by providing for all of their needs according to his riches and glory. Pray for the Lord to thrust out faithful workers to Berabish Bedouins. Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among the Berabish Bedouins.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bedouin, Berabish
People Name in Country Bedouin, Berabish
Natural Name Berabish Bedouin
Population this Country 72,000
Population all Countries 125,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Berabish Bedouin; Bidan; Kunta Bedouin
People ID 10799
ROP3 Code 101269
Country Mauritania
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 23  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Mauritania
Region Africa, West and Central
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 23  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Primary Language Arabic, Hassaniyya (72,000 speakers)
Language Code mey   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Hassaniyya (72,000 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
Possible Print Bibles
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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 Indigitube.tv 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
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.97 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
20.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
20.0 %
Roman Catholic
60.0 %
Photo Source Ferdinand Reus - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more