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Arab, Libyan in Côte d'Ivoire

Arab, Libyan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
18,000 Arabic, Libyan Spoken Islam 2.60 % 0.10 % No   

Arab, Libyan 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.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.


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Country: Côte d'Ivoire
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, West and Central
10/40 Window: No
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Arab, Libyan
People Name General: Arab, Libyan
Alternate People Names:
LibyanLibyan Arab
Northwest Egyptian BedawiNorthwest Egyptian Bedawi Arab
SelimaTripolitanian Arab
ROP3 Code: 105948
Joshua Project People ID: 13169
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 18,000
Population all Countries: 2,664,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Libyan
People Name General: Arab, Libyan
Ethnic Code: CMT30
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Arabic, Libyan Spoken (18,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ayl    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity2.60 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam97.40 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic100.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2017
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsArabic Bibles Online
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Arabic, Libyan Spoke ...
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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Arab, Libyan in Côte d'Ivoire

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People Cluster
    Arab, Libyan     Africa, West and Central    
      Arab, Libyan Côte d'Ivoire    
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            Arab, Libyan in Côte d'Ivoire          
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      Islam     Arabic, Libyan Spoken  
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