184,000 in Libya (2006). Preschool children are monolingual in Nafusi. Population total all countries: 210,000.
West, Jabal Nafusah area, Tripolitania, Nalut and Yafran areas isolated; Zuara Coast, west of Tripoli. Also in Tunisia (Shilha).
Jerbi (Jerba), Tamezret (Duwinna), Zuara (Zouara, Zuraa, 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.
All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes.
Most live apart from Arabized inhabitants of the region. Muslim (Ibadi).