6,597,960 (July 2011 est.)
Berber and Arab (97), other - includes Greeks, Maltese, Italians, Egyptians, Pakistanis, Turks, Indians, and Tunisians (3)
Muslim (97.02), Christian (2.64), Non-religious (0.30), Other (0.04)
Revolutionary Leader Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi
Jamahiriya (a state of the masses), in theory, governed by the populace through local councils; in practice, an authoritarian state
Based on Italian and French civil law systems and Islamic law
Statistics provided by CIA World Factbook and Operation World.
Qadhafi is best known around the world for his open hostility toward the West and his sponsorship of terrorist groups. However, because of a failing economy, he has begun to open up to the West, including accepting responsibility for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Because of this and other actions, the U.N. lifted sanctions against Libya in September 2003. In December 2003, he agreed to reveal and end Libya’s programs to develop weapons of mass destruction and to renounce terrorism.
In late 2010 and early 2011, unrest in several countries in the region led to pro-democracy campaigns that ousted Tunisia and Egypt’s leaders. The campaigns began in Libya, too. Hundreds of civilians have died in the crossfire of ongoing battles between Qadhafi-controlled forces in the west and rebel forces in the east. Thousands have fled and continue to flee the country. Qadhafi has refused to step down and, in March 2011, promised a “long, drawn-out war with no limits.”
The Libyan government endorses a moderate form of Islam, and the growth of militant Islamic groups has caused concern for Qadhafi, resulting in a broadening of Islamic law to appease these groups. With Qadhafi's strict control of the country, evangelism is difficult and any Christian literature must be smuggled into the country. There are few Libyan believers; almost all Christians (2.6 percent of the population) are foreign workers, and their meetings are strictly monitored by the government.
- Pray that converts to Christianity will stand firm, despite the threats of suffering and death.
- Pray that strong and effective Christian resources, including Bibles and other literature, will be available in Libya.
- Pray that Libyan Christians will have a strong desire to lead others to faith in the Lord
Persecution News - LibyaIslamic law implemented
(November 03, 2011)
Christian released from jail
(May 06, 2009)
Libya Elected Head of United Nations Human Rights Commission
(January 22, 2003)
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