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The Making of Modern Libya: State Formation, Colonization, and Resistance
Contributor(s): Ahmida, Ali Abdullatif (Author)

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ISBN: 143842891X     ISBN-13: 9781438428918
Publisher: State University of New York Press
OUR PRICE: $90.25  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: November 2009
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BISAC Categories:
- History | Africa - North
Dewey: 961.202
LCCN: 2009030550
Series: Suny Series in the Social and Economic History of the Middle East (Hardcover)
Physical Information: 1" H x 6.1" W x 9.1" L (1.15 lbs) 256 pages
- Cultural Region - North Africa
- Chronological Period - Modern
Features: Bibliography, Dust Cover, Illustrated, Index, Maps, Table of Contents
Review Citations: Reference and Research Bk News 02/01/2010 pg. 60
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Publisher Description:
The Making of Modern Libya is a thorough examination of the social, cultural, and historical background of modern Libya. Ali Abdullatif Ahmida examines the reaction of the ordinary Libyan people to colonialism and nationalism, from the early nineteenth century through the end of anticolonial resistance, to the rise of the modern Libyan state in 1951. Weaving together insights drawn from Arabic, French, English, and Italian sources, he challenges Eurocentric theories of social change that ignore the internal dynamics of native social history. Among other things, he shows that Sufi Islam, tribal military organization, and oral traditions were crucial in the fight against colonialism. The political and cultural legacy of the resistance has been powerful, strengthening Libyan nationalism and leading to the revival of strong attachments to Islam. The memory of this period has not yet faded, and appreciation of this background is essential to understanding modern Libya. This new edition also investigates Libya's postcolonial nationalist policies, bringing the argument up to the present.
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