Libyan people & ethnic tribes

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Editor's note:

The Libyan population is estimated at 6.5 million, including 1.5 million immigrants. The Arabs are the majority inhabitants of Libya, who brought Islam to the region during the 7th century AD from Arabia. The North African country has about 140 tribes and clans that will likely determine the political future of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Libya's Population and Energy Production


Libya's Ethnic Groups 

About Libya:

With an area of almost 1,800,000 square kilometers, Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa by area, and the 17th largest in the world. The capital, Tripoli, is home to 1.7 million of Libya's 6.4 million people. >>


Libyan people & ethnic tribes:


The main Arab tribes: The tribal system is still a fundamental part of Libyan society. Most Libyan surnames carry the tribal name and therefore one can easily identify a person's tribe simply by knowing his surname. >>

The Berber tribal groups: The Berbers are the indigenous inhabitants of Libya and the Sahara. There are numerous tribes found in East Libya, West Libya and across the entire Sahara desert where they have been since the beginning of civilization. >>

The Tebo: The Tebo (or Tebu, Tibu, Tibo, Tibbo, or Tibbos) are a group of tribes found along the southern side of the Harouj mountain and to the east of Fezzan. >>

The Jews: The Jewish community's existence in Libya goes back to the time of the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. >>

Immigrants: After the 1969's revolution, Libya witnessed a massive influx of foreign workers, primarily invited to take part in rebuilding Libya. >>

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