• PEOPLE NAME: KANEMBU OF CHAD

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PEID: 11374

ROP: 104570

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Affinity Group: Northern African and Middle Eastern Peoples

Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan African

People Cluster: Kanuri-Saharan

Language: Kanembu - (kbl)

Alternate Name(s):

Primary Religion: Islam - Folk Islam

Country: Chad

Also found in: Niger; Nigeria

Population: 915,000

Global Population: 949,700


PEID: 11374

ROP: 104570

Progress of the Gospel: Unengaged and Unreached

Global Status of Evangelical Christianity: Less than 2% Evangelical, Concentrated CP Activity


Overview: The Kanembu of Chad, numbering 915,000, are Unengaged and Unreached. They are part of the Kanuri-Saharan people cluster within the Sub-Saharan African affinity bloc. Globally, this group totals 949,700 in 3 countries. Their primary language is Kanembu. The primary religion practiced by the Kanembu is Folk Islam, a syncretistic belief system that blends traditional elements of Islam with superstitious practices such as warding off spirits with incantations and magic amulets, and reciting verses of the Qur'an to bring about miraculous healings.


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