Libyan Literature: The Impact of Revolution

Many Libyan writers were in the forefront of the Libyan revolution in February 2011. The revolution opened the door wide for endless possibilities in new creative writing.

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Many Libyan writers were in the forefront of the Libyan revolution in February 2011. The revolution opened the door wide for endless possibilities in new creative writing.

The essay is originally published in Minerva 3-11.

Modern Libyan literature often reflected the political and social changes of Libya throughout its modern history. Libya suffered years of wars, famines and poverty. A small number of Libyan elites were able to get educated in Turkey or Egypt, while most of the population were illiterate or acquired limited literacy through traditional Quranic schools spread all over the country.

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