The ancestors of the Moroccan Arabs originated in the Arabian Desert. From there, they gradually migrated into northern Africa. The early Islamic period was a time when "Arab identity" meant that all Arabs had descended from a common male ancestor. Thus, being an Arab brought recognition, honor, and certain privileges.
Over the centuries, the Arabs have become somewhat intermingled with Berber tribes, and this has influenced their way of life. Nevertheless, the two groups have remained distinct. The long and short of it is that the Arab population of Morocco is distinct from other Arab populations. This will affect their lives in Libya where some of them live, even though there is also Berber influence in that country.
Libya is in a state of near civil war, yet enough Moroccans have been moving there in recent years to alarm the government of Algeria, a country that is between Morocco and Libya.
Moroccans usually stay in Morocco, but some have migrated elsewhere, including Libya, which is hundreds of miles to their east.
Moroccan Arabs in Libya try to preserve their cultural traditions such as the naming of children. It is customary for an Arab child's name to reflect the three dominant elements of Arab life: kin, home and religion. Thus, a boy might have a name such as "Muhammad ibn Ibrahim al Hamza." "Muhammad" represents his religious name. "Ibn Ibrahim" is his father's name. "Al Hamza" means that he is from the village of Hamza. Girls are given similar names, which they keep even after marriage. This reflects the Muslim Arab tradition that even though women are subservient to men, they retain their identities, separate legal rights and family ties.
Moroccan Arabs in Libya are Sunni Muslim, though there are pre-Islamic beliefs mixed in. In theory, Muslims are completely depended on Allah, but in practice, most look to other spirit beings as well.
Moroccans in Libya need to be safe from the violence that is plaguing that country.
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to reach out and share the love of Christ with Moroccans in Libya.
* Ask God to strengthen, encourage, and protect the small number of Moroccan Arabs who have decided to follow Christ.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of Moroccan Arabs towards Christ followers so that they will be receptive to Jesus Christ.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong fellowships of believers and Disciple-Making movements among Moroccan Arabs in Libya.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Arab, Moroccan|
|People Name in Country||Arab, Moroccan|
|Population in Libya||9,900|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Arabized Berber, Jemmari, Maghreb Arab, Maghrebi Arab, Maghrib Arab, Moroccan Arab, Moroccan Arab-Berber, Moroccan Arabized Berber|
|Region||Middle East and North Africa|
|Persecution Rank||11 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Primary Language||Arabic, Moroccan Spoken (9,900 speakers)|
|Language Code||ary Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Arabic, Moroccan Spoken|
Primary Language: Arabic, Moroccan Spoken
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1932-2012)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Amazon||National Bible Societies|
|Forum of Bible Agencies||World Bible Finder|
|Gospel Go||World Bibles|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Arabic Bibles Online|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Arabic, Moroccan Spoken|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Moroccan Spoken|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Moroccan Standard Translation|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.01 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|