Moor in France

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Introduction / History

The term "Moor" is generally applied to any person, regardless of skin color, who speaks one of the Hassaniya dialects. Therefore, there are both black and white Moors who speak the same language. This language, in its purest form, draws heavily from the original Yemeni Arabic spoken by the Bani Hassan tribe, which invaded northwest Africa during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Traditional Moorish society is primarily nomadic and is organized into successive ranks of tribes, clans, sub-clans, and tent units. Several tribes form a tribal alliance. Their social structure resembles that of other Saharan and Arab tribal societies. Over the years, many wars, bandit raids, and organized attacks took place in this region, causing the nomads to live in a constant state of insecurity. They produced a complex social structure in an attempt to defend themselves. Today, the Moors have four basic class divisions based on heritage, race, and occupation. The White Moors form the two upper classes, while the Black Moors make up the two lower classes. Starting in 711 Arabs, Moors and Berbers invaded Spain and Portugal. They controlled all or part of this part of Europe for hundreds of years. Since that time Spain and Portugal managed to control what is now Mauritania. This part of history has made it harder for Europeans to accept migrants, legal or illegal, from Mauritania. Some of them arrive on their shores destitute and desperate for employment.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Many former French colonies in North Africa where the Moors live have been independent for many years but have not been able to escape the difficulties that most fledgling developing countries face. The fact that Mauritanian people have limited access to health care, coupled with poor living conditions and high unemployment, leaves the young people with very little choice. Many decide to embark on a dangerous journey in the hope of eking out a living in European countries like France. Some of them are met with scorn, but that is far better than facing dire poverty like they did in Mauritania.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Moors are virtually all Sunni Muslim. White Moors adopted Arab culture and Sunni Islam is part of this cultural package. The Black Moors also hold to Sunni Islam, but they are not as likely to be committed to it as the other group. Most likely, if someone were to try to reach out to the Moors in France, they would have to do separate church planting efforts among each of these two groups.

What Are Their Needs?

The Moors need job training to fit in with France's modern industrial economy.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Moors in France will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings. Pray for workers who are driving by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them. Pray for a disciple making movement among them to begin this decade.

Scripture Prayers for the Moor in France.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  
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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-04-08
Link Up Africa
People Name General Moor
People Name in Country Moor
Pronunciation moorh
Population this Country 19,000
Population all Countries 4,591,000
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bidan; Bidan Maure; Bithan; Hassaniya; White Moor
People ID 13592
ROP3 Code 106417
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
90.00 %
10.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Hassaniyya (19,000 speakers)
Language Code mey   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Hassaniyya (19,000 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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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Audio New Testament General / Other
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Hassaniyya Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
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Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
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Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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