Mima

Mima

The Mima are an ethnic group of approximately 157,000 people (Peoplegroups.org, 2023), located in Darfur and Kordofan provinces in Sudan.

They live primarily in such urban, market centers as Woda'a, Fafa, and Magrur, or as pastoral nomads and settled farmers in rural areas.

Mima People

The Mimas in the cities work as merchants, craftsmen, teachers, and government civil servants.

Ethnolinguists believe that they origi- nated in the Nile Valley of Egypt, where Arabic became their language and Islam their religiĆ³n. Then they migrated to the west beginning in the seventeenth century. By the early eighteenth century, the Mimas were subjects of the Darfur Sultanate.

Divided into thirty smaller political subdivisions headed by territorial chiefs, they had their own king who answered to Darfur authority. By the twen- tieth century, the Mimas were becoming increasingly integrated into the larger political, educational, and economic life of Sudan, gradually losing much of their distinctive ethnic identity.

This people group is only found in Sudan.

Their primary language is Amdang. The primary religion practiced by the Mima is Sunni Islam, the largest branch of Islam. Sunni Muslims follow the teachings of the Qur'an and consider the first four caliphs to be the rightful successors of Muhammad.

 

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