Levantine Bedouin in West Bank / Gaza


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Introduction / History

The traditional homeland of the Bedouin Arabs is the Arabian Desert. Some Bedouin groups have migrated north into the Negev Desert region of Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, and also Lebanon. Among these are the Levantine Bedouins. Most are sheep and goat herders. The largest of these groups are the Banu Sakhr and the al-Huwaytat. The Bedouin fall into two basic social classes. One class is known as the "true" Bedouin, and they live as nomadic shepherds. The other group has embraced farming and is known as the fellahin. The fellahin lead a more settled life on the edge of the desert. In contrast, the "true" Bedouin have been known for raiding any caravans that cross their path while journeying across barren deserts. They move into the desert during the rainy winter seasons and back to the desert's edge during the hot, dry summers. They speak Badawi, or as it is more commonly called, Bedouin Arabic.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Levantine Bedouins are not quite settled, and they are not quite nomadic. In both Lebanon and the West Bank, established governments have bulldozed some of their settlements, sometimes using the excuse that they don’t have permits. When that happens, they are left with nowhere to go and their homes are in ruins. The Israeli government often wants to build permanent settlements to replace the tent camps of the Levantine Bedouins. The nomads among the Levantine Bedouins in the West Bank live in tents which are divided by a decorative partition called a gata. Half of the tent is for the women, children, cooking utensils, and storage. The other half contains a fireplace and is used for entertaining. Their tents are their main possessions, and animals are very important for their nomadic lifestyle. Camels are their primary means of transportation, while sheep and goats are bought and sold. Dairy products are the main food source for the Bedouin. They use the milk from camels and goats to make yogurt and butter. Most of their meals consist of at least a bowl of milk, yogurt, or rice. When available, they eat round loaves of unleavened bread. When they can find them in a desert oasis, they gather dates as their only produce. Meat is only served on special occasions such as marriage feasts, ceremonial events or when guests are present. To endure the extreme heat of the desert, the Levantine Bedouins wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. It is very loose-fitting, allowing for the circulation of air. Although the Bedouin once considered it degrading to have manual labor jobs, this has changed somewhat in recent years. Due to the need for better health conditions, more money, and better living conditions, some have accepted wage-paying jobs. Even when they are settled, the Levantine Bedouins are less likely to have access to modern medicine than their Arab and Israeli counterparts.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The overwhelming majority of the Bedouins are Sunni Muslims. Islam is based on the teachings of the prophet, Mohammed. Muslims believe the Koran ("holy book" of Islam) was given to Mohammed by the angel Gabriel. Islam is a religion of works that is centered on five basic "pillars."(1) A Muslim must affirm that "there is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet." (2) Five times a day he must pray while facing Mecca. (3) He must give an obligatory percentage (very similar to tithes) on an annual basis. (4) He must fast during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim year. (5) He must try to make at least one pilgrimage to Mecca in his lifetime.


What Are Their Needs?

Evangelization efforts among the Bedouin are challenging due to the harsh and unsettled nature of their lifestyle. It is very difficult to find workers willing to reach out to Bedouins, especially those who still live nomadic lifestyles. But we need to remember that at one time Muslim missionaries reached them, so there is no reason why Christ’s ambassadors can’t do the same. The Levantine Bedouins also need to be empowered. Since they usually live in remote areas, they seldom have access to modern medicine or schools.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Levantine Bedouins to have their medical and educational needs met. Pray for them to have a spiritual hunger that will leave them open to depending on the only Savior. Pray for Holy Spirit anointed workers to go to the Levantine Bedouins in Lebanon and the West Bank. Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among the Levantine Bedouins.


Scripture Prayers for the Bedouin, Levantine in West Bank / Gaza.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bedouin, Levantine
People Name in Country Bedouin, Levantine
Natural Name Levantine Bedouin
Pronunciation luh-VAN-tin BEH-doo-in
Population this Country 28,000
Population all Countries 1,573,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bahariya; Bedawi; Bedawi Arab; Bedouin Arab; Beharia; Dachel; Dakhla; Levantine Arab; Levantine Bedawi; Maaza Bedouin; Negev Bedouin
People ID 13046
ROP3 Code 105735
Country West Bank / Gaza
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country West Bank, Jordan river and the Dead Sea.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country West Bank / Gaza
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country West Bank, Jordan river and the Dead Sea..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Arabic, Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Spoken (28,000 speakers)
Language Code avl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Spoken (28,000 speakers)
Language Code avl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2004)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bible Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Spoken
General Gospel resources links
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.20 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.80 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
50.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2022  Kerry Olson  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more