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

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.

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


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Arab, Libyan
People Name in Country Arab, Libyan
Natural Name Libyan Arab
Pronunciation LI-bee-un AE-rub
Alternate Names Bedouin; Kharga; Libyan; Libyan Arab; Northwest Egyptian Bedawi; Northwest Egyptian Bedawi Arab; Selima; Tripolitanian Arab
Population this Country 20,000
Population all Countries 2,766,000
Total Countries 12
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 13169
ROP3 Code 105948
ROP25 Code 300409
ROP25 Name Arab, Libyan

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.10 %)
2.60 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
97.40 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Libyan Spoken (20,000 speakers)
Language Code ayl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Libyan Spoken (20,000 speakers)
Language Code ayl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Libyan Spoken
Photo Source Al Jazeera English - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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