Yemeni Arab in Libya

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Introduction / History

The Arabs from the Arabian Peninsula are considered to be the original Arabs. The Arabian culture was developed by tribes of nomads and villagers who lived in the Arabian Desert. It was also from there that Arab migrations began, eventually leading to the expansion of the Arab world.

The social structure of the Yemeni Arab consists of four classes of people: the Sayyid, or wealthy (who trace their decent to the grandson of Muhammad), the Qatani, (tribesmen), the Shafi 'ite townsmen (merchants, artisans, and craftsmen), and the Akhdam (slaves). Most likely they carry this social structure with them wherever they migrate, including Libya.

Where Are they Located?

Yemeni Arabs seldom move to other countries. However, a small number have migrated to other countries including Libya.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Little is known about the lifestyle of the small number of Yemeni Arabs who have migrated to other countries like Libya. It is assumed that while many of them keep their old social customs and traditions, their occupations and living conditions are different in Libya than they are in Yemen.

Despite Islamic teachings, the reality that there are different classes of Arabs still persists. Yemeni Arab society is patrilineal, which means that inheritances are passed down through the males. Since children are considered a family's greatest asset, females are valued for their ability to bear children.

Social life is extremely important to Arabs. They like to share a daily coffee time by sitting on the floor and drinking coffee from cups without handles. Their diet basically consists of wheat bread and porridge made with boiled meat or chicken.

Though they vary in terms of tribal loyalty, one thing Yemeni Arabs all agree on is devotion to the Islamic religious system and therefore almost none of them have put their trust in Jesus Christ, no matter where they live.
What Are Their Beliefs?

The Yemeni Arabs have had a close association with Islam throughout their history; and today, nearly all of the Yemeni Arab (both in the Republic of Yemen, and in Libya), are Muslims. About half of them are Zaydis Muslims, 40 percent are Shafi 'ites, and five percent are Ismailis.

What Are Their Needs?

Yemeni Arabs, be they in Yemen or Libya, have almost no chance to hear that Jesus Christ is the only one who can save sinners. They are only exposed to various forms of Islam, a religion that only counts Jesus to be a teacher or prophet, but not the final Savior.

Prayer Points

Ask God to give Arab believers opportunities to share the love of Christ with Yemenis in Libya.
Pray that their traditional Muslim culture will soften, creating open doors for the gospel to be preached among them.
Ask the Holy Spirit to open the hearts of Muslim Arabs towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the Savior that Christians worship.
Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches and a Disciple-Making movement among Yemeni Arabs in Yemen and Libya.

Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Yemeni in Libya.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Arab, Yemeni
People Name in Country Arab, Yemeni
Natural Name Yemeni Arab
Pronunciation YEH-meh-nee AE-rub
Alternate Names Djibouti Arab; Taizz Adeni; Tihama Yemeni Arab; Yemeni Arab
Population this Country 128,000
Population all Countries 8,798,000
Total Countries 16
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
People ID 15198
ROP3 Code 109729
ROP25 Code 300426
ROP25 Name Arab, Yemeni
Country Libya
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 3  (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 3  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Ta'izzi-Adeni (128,000 speakers)
Language Code acq   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Ta'izzi-Adeni (128,000 speakers)
Language Code acq   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Ta'izzi-Adeni

Primary Language:  Arabic, Ta'izzi-Adeni

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2011)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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Audio Recordings Arabic Bible Online Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Photo Source Rod Waddington - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
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