Nubian, Arabized in Egypt

Unreached of the Day  11/03/2011

Nubian, Arabized in Egypt

The name Nubian was given to the original inhabitants of Nubia, a thin settlement along the Nile River in southern Egypt. The Arabs, who invaded much of North Africa in the seventh and eleventh centuries, displaced some Nubian groups and absorbed others. As a result, thousands of Nubians are now "Arabized," influenced by the Arab culture, language, and religion. Some Arabized Nubians seasonally migrate with their herds, living in temporary camps. Most are peasants who live in villages in rural areas. Their houses are simple, round dwellings with grass-thatched roofs.

Ministry Obstacles

The Nubians have held to their current worldview and religion for centuries. Change is very difficult.

Outreach Ideas

Scripture is available in the Egyptian dialect of Arabic, as are many other resources which communicate the Gospel. Pray Egyptian Christians will be led to take the Gospel to the Nubians.

Pray for the followers of Christ

There are no known followers of Christ among the Arabized Nubians. But Rev. 5:9 says men were purchased from every tribe. Pray for the Nubians who will soon come to Christ, that they will be accurately taught the ways of Christ, and will follow him with a whole heart.

Pray for the entire people group

Pray for the Lord to raise up a strong disciple making movement to saturate the hearts and minds of the Nubians. Pray the Lord's Spirit will increasingly draw the Nubians to Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih), giving them a growing desire to learn about this man. Perhaps the Lord will communicate to some via dreams and visions.

Scripture Focus

"The time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory." Isaiah 66:18



People Name Nubian, Arabized
Country Egypt
10/40 Window Yes
Population 527,000
World Population 527,000
Language Arabic, Egyptian Spoken
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT Yes
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image