Mauritania Find a Bible

Population: 4,079,284

Official Language: Arabic Standard

Language Count: 14

Primary Religion: Islam

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Persecution:

WatchList Rank: 20

WatchList Page: Mauritania

Type: Islamic Oppression

Language Summary: Arabic (official and national), Pular, Soninke, Wolof (all national languages), French note: the spoken Arabic in Mauritania differs considerably from the modern standard Arabic used for official written purposes or in the media; the Mauritanian dialect, which incorporates many Berber words, is referred to as Hassaniya

Ethnic Summary: Black Moors (Haratines - Arab-speaking slaves, former slaves, and their descendants of African origin, enslaved by white Moors) 40%, White Moors (of Arab-Berber descent, known as Beydane) 30%, Sub-Saharan Mauritanians (non-Arabic speaking, largely resident in or originating from the Senegal River Valley, including Halpulaar, Fulani, Soninke, Wolof, and Bambara ethnic groups) 30%

Religious Summary: Muslim (official) 100%

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