Arabic-speaking Algerian in Libya


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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

For thousands of years the whole of North Africa inhabited by Berber tribes, also known as the Imazighen, meaning "free people." During the seventh century, Arab armies stormed through this entire region, and for hundreds of years, there has been a blending of Arabic and Berber cultures and languages. The Arabic spoken in this region include loan words from Berber languages. In sum, this region is much like a cultural "ecotone" where there is a blend of two different types of communities. To make matters even more complicated, there are Bedouin tribes who blend in with this mix, and there are various degrees of "Arabization." For this reason, the terms "Arab" and "Berber" need to be taken loosely. There are Algerian Arabs in Algeria and Algerian Arabs in Libya, the latter being far fewer in number. It's very possible that whoever wanted to aid a church planting movement would have to deal with all of these complexities.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Like all people in Libya during this time of instability, the Algerian Arabs are struggling to stay safe on a daily basis. As migrants from another country, the Algerians have no defense from the police, and they can be denied essential medical care unless they can prove they are Libyan citizens.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Algerian Arabs are almost entirely Sunni Muslims. The few Algerians who have accepted the salvation of Christ are almost all from the Berber tribes. A central part of the Algerian Arab's identity is in being Muslim, even though they are known to seek other spiritual answers when grappling with a practical need like illnesses.


What Are Their Needs?

The Algerian Arabs in Libya, like just about everyone in that country, need safety. They also need to accept the abundant life that only Jesus Christ can offer.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Algerian, Arabic-speaking in Libya.

Pray that the current crisis in Libya will open Algerian hearts to the savior who is a high tower in times of trouble.
Pray for them to seek and find answers in Christ.
Pray for Christ's ambassadors to go to Libya to seek and find the lost.
Pray for a movement to Christ among Algerian Arabs everywhere.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Algerian, Arabic-speaking
People Name in Country Algerian, Arabic-speaking
Natural Name Arabic-speaking Algerian
Pronunciation al-JEER-ee-un
Population this Country 298,000
Population all Countries 33,743,000
Total Countries 18
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names Arabized Berber; Ibidites; Moroccan Arab
People ID 10379
ROP3 Code 100226
Country Libya
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Libya
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Primary Language Arabic, Algerian Spoken (298,000 speakers)
Language Code arq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Algerian Spoken (298,000 speakers)
Language Code arq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Algerian Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Algerian Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1872-1964)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1965-2018)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Algerian Contextual Gathering
Film / Video In the Light
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Algerian Spoken
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.03 %)
0.10 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
97.90 %
Non-Religious
2.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
85.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
11.0 %
Roman Catholic
4.0 %
Photo Source WikiMedia - Basel2019  Creative Commons 
Map Source University of Texas Map Collection  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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