Jardas al ‘Abid

Jardas al ‘Abid
جردس العبيد
Jardas al ‘Abid

Location in Libya

Coordinates: 32°18′17″N 20°58′59″E / 32.30472°N 20.98306°E / 32.30472; 20.98306Coordinates: 32°18′17″N 20°58′59″E / 32.30472°N 20.98306°E / 32.30472; 20.98306
Country  Libya
Region Cyrenaica
District Marj
Elevation 1,080 ft (330 m)
Population (1995)[1]
  Total 6,051
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
Area code(s) 06762

Jardas al ‘Abīd or Jerdes el Abid[2] (Arabic: جردس العبيد)is a small town in the Marj District, located in northeastern Libya about 29 km southeast of Marj.

It was named Jardas Al 'Abid after the tribe living on it, and to identify it from Jardas Jerrari near Slonta.

Probably ignorant of the fact above, Jardas Al 'Abid (Literally meaning:Jardas of the Slaves) was renamed Jardas Al Ahrar[3] (Literally meaning:Jardas of the Free) after Muammar Gaddafi took power in 1969.


  1. Amraja M. el Khajkhaj, "Noumou al Mudon as Sagheera fi Libia", Dar as Saqia, Benghazi-2008, p.112.
  2. http://wikimapia.org/3727576/ar/Jardes-Al-Abid-%D8%AC%D8%B1%D8%AF%D8%B3-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%AF
  3. Libyan Planning Ministry, “Al Atlas al Watani lil Jamahiriya…”, Tripoli, 1978, p.31.

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