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Title:Qadhdhafi's 'revolution' and change in a Libyan oasis community
Author:Mason, John P.ISNI
Periodical:Middle East Journal
Geographic term:Libya
Subjects:political ideologies
rural society
External link:http://search.proquest.com/pao/docview/1290761426
Abstract:This paper is not an apologia for Qadhdhafi; rather it is an account which takes us beyond the moral play in which Libya's leader is cast as the anti-hero, to a description of some of the country's modest socio-political successes in the post-coup era. Purpose is to depict the changes in a particular segment of Libyan society which the author knows intimately: the small; once-isolated Arabized Berber oasis community Augila (Awjila) in the east Libyan Sahara. This paper first describes and discusses the social, economic and political conditions present during the author's fieldwork in Augila in 1968-1970. Second, it considers the changes observed on his return several years after the coup, as well as those based on personal communications. The third part of the paper views the more salient changes in oasis life in light of Qadhdhafi's socialist Islamic policy as it is embodied in his little 'Green Book, al-Kitab al-Akhdar'. Diagr., map, notes.