Women in the Modern History of Libya features histories of Libyan women exploring the diversity of cultures, languages and memories of Libya from the age of the Empires to the present.
The chapters explore a series of institutional and private archives inside and outside Libya, illuminating historical trajectories marginalised by colonialism, nationalism and identity politics. They provide engaging and critical exploration of the archives of the Ottoman cities, of the colonial forces of Italy, Britain and the US, and of the Libyan resistance - the Mawsūʻat riwāyāt al-jihād (Oral Narratives of the Jihād) collection at the Libyan Studies Center of Tripoli – as well as of the private records in the homes of Jewish and Amazigh Libyans across the world. Developing the tools of Women’s and Gender Studies and engaging with the multiple languages of Libya, contributors raise a series of critical questions on the writing of history and on the representation of Libyan people in the past and the present.
Illuminating the sheer diversity of histories, memories and languages of Libya, Women in the Modern History of Libya will be of great interest to scholars of North Africa, Women’s and Gender History; Memory in History; Cultural Studies; and Colonialism. The chapters originally published as a special issue of The Journal of North African Studies.
Introduction: Gender and transnational histories of Libya
Barbara Spadaro and Katrina Yeaw
1. Centre and periphery: variations in gendered space among Libyan Jews in the late Ottoman period
2. Finding women and gender in the sources: toward a historical anthropology of Ottoman Tripoli
3. Gender, violence and resistance under Italian rule in Cyrenaica, 1923–1934
4. Remembering the ‘Italian’ Jewish homes of Libya: gender and transcultural memory (1967–2013)
5. Our star: Amazigh music and the production of intimacy in 2011 Libya