Iraqi Arabs are classified as Levant Arabs, a broad term that encapsulates Jordanian, Palestinian, Iraqi, Chaldean, and Syrian Arabs. Many scholars believe that those who originate from the Arabian Peninsula are descendants of the original nomadic tribe. They are spread from Israel to Kuwait and as far east as Iran. It is believed that the Arabian culture was developed by tribes of nomads and villagers who lived in the Arabian Desert for many centuries. It was here that Arab migrations began, eventually leading to the expansion of the Arab world.The Levant Arabs have had a close association with Islam throughout their history. Today, nearly all Arabs, apart from Jewish Arabs, are Muslim. The various tribes are ruled by sheiks, Arab chiefs that are considered to be experts in Islam and the outside world. Social life is important and daily coffee is shared throughout the people of each community.
Islam has greatly influenced the lives of the Levant Arabs and their society is patrilineal. In this system, men inherit more than women. There is a great need for the gospel to be preached among the Levant Arabs. Currently, there are only a few Christians within the Arab community. Evangelization efforts prove to be challenging due to restrictions in many of the countries in this region.
A Muslim who hears the gospel and professes his faith in Jesus can lose everything including his family, his job, and in the most extreme circumstances - his life. Prayerful intercession is key to reaching the Iraqi Arabs with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.
Partnership // Move Beyond
- Pray that Iraqi Arab Muslims will have the chance to hear a clear presentation of the gospel and that the Holy Spirit will stir in their hearts a desire for holiness.
- Ask God to use believers to begin Bible studies and church planting among Iraqi Muslims in Eurasia.
- Pray that Arab Christians in this region will be protected from harm and persecution.