Culture and Customs of Libya

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ABC-CLIO, May 3, 2012 - Social Science - 162 pages
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Libya is one of Africa's largest nations, but its topography is dominated by a huge southern desert with some of the hottest temperatures recorded anywhere in the world. Culture and Customs of Libya explores the daily lives of the 90 million men, women, and children who struggle to get by in this authoritarian state, where only a fraction of the land is arable and 90 percent of the people live in less than 10 percent of the area, primarily along the Mediterranean coast.

In this comprehensive overview of modern Libyan life, readers can explore topics such as religion, contemporary literature, media, art, housing, music, and dance. They will learn about education and employment and will see how traditions and customs of the past—including those from Libya's long domination by the Ottoman Empire and 40 years as an Italian colony—are kept alive or have evolved to fit into today's modern age.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Religions and Worldview
31
3 Literature and Media
49
4 Art and ArchitectureHousing
63
5 Cuisine and Traditional Dress
81
6 Gender Roles Marriage and Family
93
7 Social Customs and Lifestyle
109
8 Music and Dance
125
Glossary
131
Bibliography
137
Index
157
About the Authors
162
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Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, TX.

Jason Morgan is a graduate student in the Department of History at the University of Texas, Austin, TX.

Bukola Adeyemi Oyeniyi is research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, New Europe College, Bucharest, Romania.

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