Tribe, Islam and state in Libya: analytical study of the roots of the Libyan tribal society and interaction up to the Qaramanli rule (1711-1835)

Najem, F. 2004. Tribe, Islam and state in Libya: analytical study of the roots of the Libyan tribal society and interaction up to the Qaramanli rule (1711-1835). PhD thesis University of Westminster School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages

TitleTribe, Islam and state in Libya: analytical study of the roots of the Libyan tribal society and interaction up to the Qaramanli rule (1711-1835)
TypePhD thesis
AuthorsNajem, F.
Abstract

The subject of this study is Tribe, Islam and State in Libya. It is an analytical research of the roots of the Libyan tribal society and the interaction of tribe, Islam and State up to the Qaramänli rule (1711-1835).

The study deals with the acclaimed blood lineage and the genealogical

descent, which compels all Libyans to feel related to each other. It focused on

the events culminating in the composition of the tribal groupings and the

relation between tribes and the Qaramänli State, which is considered as the first Libyan State with Islam playing an instrumental role, a State built and

destroyed by the tribes.

This study endeavours to explain the major synthesising components of Libyan

society, namely Berbero-Arab, Muräbitin and Karäghla who established Libya

with its three strong dimensions: Islam, Arabism, and Libyan identity in the

18th Century. The inference is an original contribution to the field of Libyan,

Arabic and Islamic societal and anthropological studies since the topic has

never been tackled in such specificity.

The aims of the study were to examine the origins of tribes, and the links with

Islam and State, and in doing so the methodological approaches of

comparative, analytical and chronological were employed. The study found

that Libya is a tribalistic society of multitude of races and backgrounds and

based on Islam and Arabism despite the fact that some of its people are not

ethnically Arabs. There was, also, a bond between Tribes, Islam and State.

Moreover, there was an alignment between Islam and tribes to either aide or

diminish the power and authority of the State.

The study is divided into seven chapters preceded by an introduction and

followed by the conclusion. Likewise, every chapter has its own prelude and

ending, and supported by detailed demographical (tribal) maps for Libya's

three provinces in addition to family tress and tables of diverse tribes' names.

Year2004
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Completed2004

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