Today, the Tajakant are said to be sedentary, engaged in small-scale trading and farming. They mainly live in Morocco and the Moroccan administered territory of Western Sahara. They are one of the strongest proponents of Moroccan claims on this territory. In past years, the Tajakant were known as traders and warriors, and held a strong position in the trans-Saharan trade between sub-Saharan Africa and Morocco. The Tajakant have at times fueded with the Regeibat tribe of Morocco and Western Sahara; in 1895 one of the Tajakant settlements was wiped out by marauding warriors from the Regeibat tribe. They are Muslims, belonging to the Maliki school of Sunni Islam. They are said to have Berber origins.
To be Bedouin is generally understood to be Muslim.
Good quality Christian radio in the Arabic language can reach the most remote camps and villages. The potential is there, but people need to be aware of such broadcasts.
There may be a few low-profile believers within this Bedouin tribe. Please pray any such Christians will be able to find each other for mutual encouragement and instruction in the faith. Pray they will learn to walk in the power of the Lord's Spirit, experiencing all the fruit of the Spirit.
Today, Bedouins are faced with challenges in their lifestyle, as their traditional Islamic, tribal culture has begun to mix with western practices. Men are more likely to adjust and interact with modern cultures, but women are bound by honor and tradition to stay within the family dwelling. They therefore lack opportunity for advancement. Please pray for Bedouin tribes to be able to make the necessary adjustments while retaining that which is good in their culture.
"Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest?' Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest." John 4:35
|People Name||Bedouin, Tajakant|
|Language||Arabic, Algerian Spoken|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|