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The Making of Modern Libya


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A Note on the Transliteration


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


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)





About the Author

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


"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

"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

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