Siwi people

The Siwi people or Siwan people (in tamazight : Isiwan) also known as the Oasis Berbers, are a Berber ethnic group based in Egypt's Siwa and Qara oases. They speak the Siwa language. The Siwi community is the most distant concentration of Berbers from their historical national homeland in the Maghreb that is still in existence today.[1]

Total population
c. 33,300
Regions with significant populations
Siwi language, Egyptian Arabic
Related ethnic groups
Other Berbers
Siwa Oasis, home to the Siwi people


  1. Margaret M. Vale (2015). Siwa: Jewelry, Costume, and Life in an Egyptian Oasis. American University in Cairo Press.

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