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El-Kikhia's * Libya & Qaddafi : The Politics of Contradiction * Rare 1997 NEW
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El-Kikhia's * Libya & Qaddafi : The Politics of Contradiction * Rare 1997 NEW
El-Kikhia's * Libya & Qaddafi : The Politics of Contradiction * Rare 1997 NEW

El-Kikhia's * Libya & Qaddafi : The Politics of Contradiction * Rare 1997 NEW

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El-Kikhia's * Libya & Qaddafi : The Politics of Contradiction * Softcover Book NEW : First Edition 1997 / Author : El-Kikhia > 280 pages , Publisher: University Press of Florida. Editorial Reviews > From Library Journal : Analytical and objective books about contemporary Libya are rare in the West. This is partly due to the paucity of reliable information about the country and partly the result of the difficulty of conducting research there. Libyan-born El-Kikhia (political science, Univ. of Texas, San Antonio) has provided a first-rate objective analysis of the complexities of modern Libyan politics with a special focus on that country's controversial leader, Muammar Qaddafi. Eschewing simplistic treatment, the author explains the internal and external forces that have influenced Qaddafi's thought process and decisionmaking. The role of the revolutionary committees in interpreting and adopting Qaddafi's overall policies are also carefully explained. Overall, this is a thoughtful and well-researched title that should be of value to students of the contemporary Arab world. Journalists and informed nonspecialists who wish to understand Qaddafi's Libya can also benefit from this evenhanded and immensely readable book. > From Booklist : The U.S. knows little about Libya beyond encyclopedia articles and air force targeting lists, so this scholarly study might interest larger libraries. El-Kikhia's strength is elucidating the ethnic groupings within Libya's population of four million people, a political fact the outside world's focus on the country's eccentric leader tends to obscure. Beneath the patina of a socialism without a state (all laws were abolished in 1974), Qaddafi rules de facto through his tribal connections, which El-Kikhia clarifies by tracking the fortunes of those who have supported the leader. The author also provides ample detail about the economic strength--oil--that has enabled Qaddafi's various wars and grandiose construction projects. Readers won't find what makes Qaddafi tick (who could definitively say, anyway?), but they will find clear analysis of his philosophy, virtually a museum piece of anticolonial, anti-American, anticapitalist radicalism. An exile, El-Kikhia sympathizes with Libyans who live in the tension of a literally lawless society, but he doesn't allow his view to impair the factual dispassion and informativeness of his study.This rare first edition Softcover Book is Brand New. Will be carefully wrapped and boxed and shipped via Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation and Tracking. Please email with any questions before purchasing if you are unsure about something. We ONLY accept Money Orders , Cashiers Checks or U.S. Cash as payment ( we do NOT accept personal checks or online payment at all ). Please email about local pick-up , we are located in NYC in Times Square. All International Customers MUST email us before purchasing this item.
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