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Libya (Major Muslim Nations Series)
     

Libya (Major Muslim Nations Series)

by Daniel E. Harmon
 

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For more than three decades, most countries of the world have viewed Libya as a radical, unstable nation. Under the leadership of Muammar al-Qaddafi, Libya has sponsored international terrorism and supported efforts to overthrow the governments of its African neighbors. This has led to confrontations with the West, particularly with the United States during the 1980s.

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For more than three decades, most countries of the world have viewed Libya as a radical, unstable nation. Under the leadership of Muammar al-Qaddafi, Libya has sponsored international terrorism and supported efforts to overthrow the governments of its African neighbors. This has led to confrontations with the West, particularly with the United States during the 1980s. Beneath the sands of Libya lies a valuable resource-vast amounts of oil. Despite this, the people of Libya have remained poor during Qaddafi's rule. Although in recent years Libyan society appears to have become more open, and Qaddafi seems to have moderated some of his extremist views, the future of the country remains uncertain. Discusses the geography, history, economy, government, religion, people, foreign relations, and major cities of Libya.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-In this series, the North African states (as well as Morocco) are considered Middle Eastern nations by virtue of the fact that they are "linked by ethnicity, language, and religion to the Arabs." The introductions include some of the historical, political, and economic commonalities of the Middle East as well as a discussion of the significant role played by religion. Each title begins with a chapter on the country's place in the world in the form of a brief overview of its history and its situation today. Succeeding chapters cover the land, history, economy, politics, religion, communities, and foreign relations. The clearly written, unbiased texts are comprehensive and informative. Words that appear in boldface in the texts are listed in the glossary, but without pronunciation guides. Italicized words are defined in context. All three titles are lavishly illustrated with well-captioned photographs, maps, drawings, and paintings, most of which are in color. Many relevant sidebars are included. These attractive, up-to-date books should find a place on library shelves.-Sylvia V. Meisner, Greensboro Montessori School, NC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Billed as "Updated and Revised," this "Major Muslim Nations" series is a successor to two previous ones, brought on a little farther in time. Arranged in seven chapters, each volume offers information about geography, history, economy, politics and religion, people and communities, and foreign relations. In Libya students will learn that this oil-rich region is made up of a narrow fertile Mediterranean coast and a large expanse of desert, which includes oases and mountains. Main cities are Benghazi and Libya's capital, Tripoli. A section relating history details the many empires that have ruled Libya—ancient Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Islamic Arabs, and Italians. A chapter entitled "The People" adds the only information about women and the only picture of women (food for thought by female readers). For forty years this ostensibly socialist nation has been dominated by erratic, unpredictable Muammar Qaddafi, shown in his many ornate and colorful costumes. His involvement in international terrorism long made him an enemy of the West, though admired by some Arab states. In foreign relations, Qaddafi apologized (in 2003) for the bombing of the American plane blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, and normalized relations with the United States, which in 2004 rescinded Libya's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. A mellower Qaddafi has lately become chairman of the African Union. (Each volume contains more detailed information than many teens may be prepared to digest.) Note: The Foreign Policy Research Institute is a conservative think tank, whose president has contributed an introduction to the series. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781633559417
Publisher:
Mason Crest
Publication date:
11/17/2014
Series:
Major Muslim Nations Series
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
119
File size:
15 MB
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Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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