Libyan Arab in Côte d'Ivoire

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Introduction / History

Simon of Cyrene, who carried the cross of Jesus, was from Libya, and Cyrenian Jews carried the gospel back to Libya after Pentecost. Islam replaced Christianity in 624 A.D. Today there are almost no known Christians among Libyan Arabs in Libya, or anywhere else, including Cote d 'Ivoire where there are only a few.

Where Are they Located?

Most Libyan Arabs live in Libya, but many have fled the country since the country erupted in violence when long-standing dictator Muammar Gaddafi was killed in 2011. A small number have wound up in sub-Saharan African nations like Cote d 'Ivoire, though refugees would much rather go to Europe or the United States.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Libyan Arab men enjoy soccer and talking over tea, even those who live outside of Libya. Women and girls visit one another at home and enjoy family and religious celebrations, where they still remain separate from the men who gather.

Libyan Arab families are patriarchal, and the oldest male has the highest authority. The extended family is extremely important, even in urban areas. Women usually only work in certain jobs, such as teaching or as secretaries. They are considered inferior to men in the business world.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Libyan Arabs are almost entirely Sunni Muslims. Some are more secularized than others.

What Are Their Needs?

Libyan Arabs in Cote d 'Ivoire need new job opportunities and a chance to make a new start, both economically and spiritually.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Libyan in Côte d'Ivoire.

Pray that Libya Arabs in Cote d 'Ivoire would open up to embracing Christ as Lord.
Pray for Libyan leaders to have dreams and visions of the savior that will cause them to give Him a chance to transform their lives and their communities.
Pray that Libyan students and businessmen in Cote d 'Ivoire would hear the gospel, believe, and disciple others in the ways of Jesus Christ.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Arab, Libyan
People Name in Country Arab, Libyan
Natural Name Libyan Arab
Population this Country 19,000
Population all Countries 2,699,000
Total Countries 11
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bedouin; Kharga; Libyan; Libyan Arab; Northwest Egyptian Bedawi; Northwest Egyptian Bedawi Arab; Selima; Tripolitanian Arab
People ID 13169
ROP3 Code 105948

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Primary Language Arabic, Libyan Spoken (19,000 speakers)
Language Code ayl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Libyan Spoken (19,000 speakers)
Language Code ayl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Libyan Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Libyan Spoken

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bible Online
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Libyan Spoken
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Gospel resources links
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
2.60 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
97.40 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
100.0 %
Photo Source Al Jazeera English - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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