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The Making of Modern Libya
State Formation, Colonization, and Resistance, 1830-1932
The Making of Modern Libya
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Ali Abdullatif Ahmida - Author
SUNY series in the Social and Economic History of the Middle East
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Hardcover - 222 pages
Release Date: March 1994
ISBN10: 0-7914-1761-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-1761-4

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Paperback - 222 pages
Release Date: March 1994
ISBN10: 0-7914-1762-X
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-1762-1

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"The question of civil society in the Islamic world and the relationship of state to society in the pre-colonial era is coming to be a central concern in the field. I think this book targets very well many concerns both in English-language and Arabic-language historiography about what we know of the 'pre-modern' or at least pre-colonial world. This book has an important contribution to make to contemporary academic and political discourse." -- Ellis Goldberg, University of Washington

This book analyzes the social, cultural, and historical background of modern Libya from the early nineteenth century through the end of the armed anticolonial resistance. Ahmida 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 and the clan. The memory of this period has not yet faded, and appreciation of this background is essential to understanding present-day Libya.

"The scholarship is very good. Few scholars are able to use Arabic, French, English, and Italian at such a level. A second major plus is the way the author seeks to integrate the political history of Libya with its social and economic history, and to use this as a framework for discussing Libyan anti-colonial resistance over the whole period, 1830-1932. There is no other work which has this range and ambition, and this will make a useful addition to our knowledge of modern Libyan history." -- Edmund Burke III, University of California, Santa Cruz

Ali Abdullatif Ahmida
is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Whitman College.



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Table of Contents

Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

A Note on the Transliteration

Introduction

1.  Ecological and Social Origins of Regionalism and Pastoralism: The Myth of the Hilali Conquest

2.  Ottoman Social Formation: A Trading and Communal Political Economy, 1830–1911

3.  Markets, States, and Class Formation in Tripolitania and Fezzan, 1830–1911

4.  The Political Economy of the Sanusiyya: Religion, Trade, and State Formation

5.  Reactions to Colonialism: The Politics of Collaboration and Resistance, 1911–1932

Conclusion: Toward the Recovery of Libya's Civil Society

Appendixes

Appendix A.  The Rates of Exchange of Other Currencies

Appendix B.  Libya's Major Trading Partners, 1885–1910

Appendix C.  Volume of Libyan Exports and Imports in 1900

Appendix D.  Trading Partners 1899–1902; Imports

Appendix E.  Major Trading Partners; Libyan Exports

Appendix F.  Transit Trade—Export from Tripoli(1862–1904)

Notes

Glossary

References

Index


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