Power and Agency in Colonial and Postcolonial Libya
In Forgotten Voices, Ali Abdullatif Ahmida employs archival research, oral interviews and comparative analysis to rethink the history of colonial and nationalist categories and analyses of modern Libya.
Ali Abdullatif Ahmida is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of New England.
"Ali Ahmida is in the forefront of the new social history in this field, integrating the early modern history with the modern history and the state-centered narratives with the subaltern ones. Given the importance of the subject of Libyan history and, at the same time, its quite unexplained neglect, the present work will fill a major gap.
." -- Peter Gran, Professor of History, Temple University
"Ahmida has delivered to us a timely and insightful intellectual gift. His monograph not only delineates the main pitfalls of both the colonial and nationalist projects in Libya's encounter with the difficult task of transformation but also turns our attention to the complex intersection of context and volition in the movement of social time. This is a notable contribution to Libyan as well as development studies.
." -- Ahmed Samatar, James Wallace Professor and Dean, International Studies and Programming, Macalester College