Sudanese Arab in Canada

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Sudanese Arabs originated in the Khartoum region of Sudan many centuries ago. Today, they live primarily in northern and central Sudan and in Egypt. A few groups are also scattered in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Libya, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates.

The first "pure" Arabs were called "Bedouins." They were tribal nomads from Saudi Arabia, famous for their love of poetry and war. The Sudanese are a tribe who branched off of the Bedouins. Sudanese Arabs have also intermarried with African tribes, so they are a hybrid Arab culture.

For decades, Sudan has been wracked with bloodshed. First there was fighting between the "Arab" northerners and the southern African peoples. The violence did not stop after the southern regions split into a different country. Killings, mass rapes, looting of livestock and burning of villages by the Arab militia, janjaweed, have devastated Sudan. Though the African populations have been most affected by this, there is much violence against the Arab populations as well. Some of the Arab people have had no choice but to leave Sudan.

Where Are they Located?

Sudanese Arabs in Canada live in Toronto, Hamilton, Calgary, and other urban centers.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Many Sudanese Arabs in Canada are unemployed due to a lack of language or job skills.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sudanese Arabs are Muslims, as are most Arabs. Identification with the Islamic religion is one of the primary cultural characteristics of most Arabs. They are devoted to their faith, and this is evident in their daily life.

What Are Their Needs?

The Sudanese Arabs have left a land of cruel violence and abuse. Some are traumatized. Most all of them need language and work skills so they can take on new lives in Canada.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Sudanese in Canada.

* Ask the Lord to call out prayer teams to break up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Pray for additional Bibles and Christian literature to be provided for Sudanese Arabs in Canada.
* Pray that God will raise up long term workers to join those who have already responded to frontier mission work in Canada.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will complete the work begun in the hearts of Sudanese Arabs through adequate discipleship.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Sudanese Arabs for the glory of his name!


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Arab, Sudanese
People Name in Country Arab, Sudanese
Natural Name Sudanese Arab
Population this Country 13,000
Population all Countries 17,548,000
Total Countries 18
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Arabic, Sudanese Spoken; Sudanese; Sudanese Arab
People ID 15104
ROP3 Code 109571
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Arabic, Sudanese Spoken (13,000 speakers)
Language Code apd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Sudanese Spoken (13,000 speakers)
Language Code apd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Sudanese Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Sudanese Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1927-1964)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1978)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Sudanese Spoken
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from Faith Comes By Hearing
Mobile App Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
3.00 %
Ethnic Religions
97.00 %
Other / Small
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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