Languages of Libya

Arabic Languages
Besides Modern Standard Arabic, there are two varieties of Arabic spoken in Libya: Western Libyan Arabic, spoken around Tripoli and in the west of the country, and Eastern Libyan Arabic, spoken around Benghazi and in the east of the country. As yet, no Scripture materials are available in these two languages.
 

Language map (Arabic)

Arabic languages of North Africa
 

A - Hassaniya  B - Moroccan Arabic C - Algerian Arabic
D - Tunisian Arabic E - Western Libyan Arabic F - Eastern Libyan Arabic

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Modern Standard Arabic  is the language of education and the media.
There are several translations of the Bible into Modern Standard Arabic. The True Meaning translation is particularly intended to communicate well to Muslims. The New Testament in pdf format and audio recordings are available on the Prophet Stories website. Also recommended is the Sharif Bible. The Book of Life (Kitaab al-Hayaat), Today’s Arabic Version and the New Arabic Version are also good modern translations, particularly for Arabic-speaking Christians.
The Sharif Bible, and the Kitaab al-Hayaat are available as audio recordings from Faith Comes by Hearing on Bible.is.


Western Libyan Arabic   As yet, no Scripture materials are available in this language.


Eastern Libyan Arabic   As yet, no Scripture materials are available in this language.

 

Berber Languages

Language map (Berber) 

Berber Languages of North Africa
 

A - Tachelhit  B - Tamazight  C - Riffi Tamazight (Tarifit)
D - Kabyle  E - Tasahlit F - Chaoui 
G - Touareg H - East Zenati I - Nafusi

 


Nafusi Berber is spoken by around 250,000 people in the Nafusa mountains in north-west Libya. As yet there are no Biblical materials available in this language.


Other Berber Languages of Libya : There are a few smaller Berber languages spoken in Libya, including Ghadamès, Awjilah and Sawknah. As yet there are no Biblical materials available in these languages.
Zuwara Berber, which is spoken on the western part of the coast of Libya, is a dialect of East Zenati Berber. (East Zenati Berber comprises three main dialects, spoken on the Tunisian island of Jerba, in Matmata, also in southern Tunisia, and around Zuwara on the coast of Libya near the Tunisian border.
There are a number of Bible recordings on the Amazigh Nafus website)