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Arab Republic of Egypt


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Area: 997,739 sq km

Mostly desert; only 3% is arable land – along the banks and delta of the Nile River and around the Western Desert oases.

Population: 84,474,427    Annual Growth: 1.83%

Capital: Cairo

Urbanites: 42.8%

HDI Rank: 123 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 39 (59% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Arabic    Languages: 27 All languages


Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Answer to Prayer

Large-scale Bible distribution and creative ways to maintain a public presence make The Bible Society a highly strategic ministry. Scripture is more accessible than ever, especially to young people, and Christians and the Christian message have greater exposure in the media.

Challenge for Prayer

Egypt is arguably the intellectual centre of Sunni Islam, and Islamist groups such as The Brotherhood have grown greatly as they push for a more Islamic state. Their slogan (now “illegal”), “Islam is the solution”, will never actually be tested unless they attain power. The stridency and harshness of some of their teachings and actions cause many to question this, yet they are also generous providers of social welfare. Pray that their leaders, their members and those disillusioned with conflict might discover the Light of the World.

     For an additional 11 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Egypt.