A language of Libya

Alternate Names
Djerbi, Jabal Nafusi, Jbel Nafusi, Jebel Nefusi, Nefusi

184,000 in Libya (2006). Population total all countries: 210,000. Preschool children are monolingual in Nafusi.


West, Jabal Nafusah area, Tripolitania, Nalut and Yafran areas isolated; Zuara Coast, west of Tripoli.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Jerbi (Jerba), Tamezret (Duwinna), Zuara (Zouara, Zuraa, Zuwara, Zuwarah, Zwara). Zuara dialect well known in Jebel Nafusa area and in Jerba Tunisia. Some visit Zuara, but not vice versa. Matmata and Tatawine area less well understood by speakers in Jerba or Zuara. Speakers in Zuara and Jebel areas understand Jerba dialect stories well.

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Poetry. New media. Radio programs. TV. Bible portions.

Arabic script [Arab].

Other Comments

Most live apart from Arabized inhabitants of the region. Muslim (Ibadi).

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