Tunisian Arab in Libya


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Introduction / History

In the seventh century, Arab invaders overran the Tunisian Berber tribes, Tunisia's original inhabitants. This eventually led to an almost complete Islamization and Arabization of the people of that country.
They are an Arab-Berber population whose own culture has been greatly influenced by those of Arabs, Berbers, and the French. They have two distinguishing characteristics: a large middle class—a rarity among Arabs—and an extremely youthful population.
The majority of Tunisian Arabs live in their homeland, Tunisia, but some live in other parts of the world like Libya, which is directly east of Tunisia.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In 1956, Tunisia won its independence from France, and by 1959, had successfully begun improving their national education level. However, this success was soon overshadowed by a saturated labor market. As a result, a large number of highly educated Arabs emigrated to Libya and France in search of jobs.
By 2020, thousands of migrant workers from both Tunisia and Libya were regularly streaming across the border for work. When the Covid 19 virus hit the region, officials closed the borders in an effort to contain the virus' spread, forcing a humanitarian crisis on the stranded migrant workers. In April 2020, hundreds forced their way across the border for their journey home.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Virtually all Tunisian Arabs are Sunni Muslim. They adhere to the teachings of the Koran and observe the five "pillars" of Islam, which include: affirming that Allah is the only god and that Mohammed is his prophet; praying; giving alms; fasting; and making a pilgrimage to Mecca.
Many, especially those in rural areas, adhere to pre-Islamic beliefs jinnis—spirits capable of assuming human or animal form and exercising influence over people. The Arab believe that such a spirit can possess a human by entering through the brain and can only be removed in ceremonies performed by a "seer" skilled in "jinn-lore."


What Are Their Needs?

There have been very few Tunisians, either in Tunisia or in Libya, who have embraced the only Savior. It is very difficult for people from a Muslim background to give the claims of Christ an honest hearing.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to the Tunisian Arabs in Libya.
Pray for Tunisian Arabs to have enough hunger and thirst for righteousness that they will seek and find the sin-forgiving Savior.
Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among Tunisian Arabs in Libya.


Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Tunisian in Libya.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Tunisian Arabs profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Arab, Tunisian
People Name in Country Arab, Tunisian
Natural Name Tunisian Arab
Pronunciation too-NEE-zhun
Population this Country 207,000
Population all Countries 11,833,000
Total Countries 11
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names Tunisian Arab
People ID 15641
ROP3 Code 110285
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, Tunisian Spoken (207,000 speakers)
Language Code aeb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Tunisian Spoken (207,000 speakers)
Language Code aeb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Tunisian Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Tunisian Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1903–2014)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1847-2011)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Arabic Bible Online Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Oral Bible Stories Story Runners
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Tunisian Spoken Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Arabic, Tunisian Spoken YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.20 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.50 %
Non-Religious
0.30 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
4.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
5.0 %
Roman Catholic
91.0 %
Photo Source Homayon Zeary - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more