مجلة البحوث التاريخية | Journal of Historical Research

Libya’s foremost research journal for history, in its broadest conception, is the مجلة البحوث التاريخية (Journal of Historical Research), published by the Libyan Center for Historical Studies.* Since 1979, the journal has consistently published articles by Libyan scholars, as well as several well-known European scholars writing in Arabic, on a very broad array of topics. In many cases, in fact, there is little or no research published outside of Libya on these topics, and the journal therefore offers extremely valuable insight into the range of possibilities for research as well as useful starting points for those who can read Arabic. Unfortunately, it is difficult to come by in European or American libraries (in London, the SOAS library has many of the issues)—a goal for the appropriate authority in Libya would be to make back issues available online. The website of the Center shows issues from 2013 as being the most recent. Although it seems not to have been updated for some time now, later issues are not known to me.

*The Center was previously called مركز جهاد الليبيين ضد الغزو الايطالي للدراسات التاريخية (The Libyan Resistance against the Italian Invader Center for Historical Studies), later shortened to مركز جهاد الليبين للدراسات التاريخية (The Libyan Resistance Center for Historical Studies).

New Issue of Libyan Studies | عدد جديد من مجالة الدراسات اليبية

ls47coverThe latest issue (#47, 2016) of the journal Libyan Studies has just been published. It contains the following articles:

— “The main issues of the Cyrene necropolis and the use of remote sensing for monitoring in the case of the eastern necropolis.” By Fawzi Al Raeid, Eugenio Di Valerio, Maria Giorgia Di Antonio, Oliva Menozzi, Mazen A.S. Abdalgader El Mziene and Clara Tamburrino

— “GIS of the chora of Cyrene: fortifications and Christian buildings in Late Antiquity.” By A. Abdalrahim Sheriff Saad, S. Farag Abdel Hati, Sonia Antonelli, Oliva Menozzi, Veronica Petraccia and Maria Carla Somma

— “The Lepcitanian landscape across the ages: the survey between Ras el-Mergheb and Ras el-Hammam (2007, 2009, 2013).” By Massimiliano Munzi, Fabrizio Felici, Jabar Matoug, Isabella Sjöström and Andrea Zocchi

— “Rediscovering the rural landscape of Carthage’s hinterland: a reassessment of the Carthaginian Countryside survey.” By Rachael A. Sycamore and Brian G. Buchanan

— “Late Roman imported red slip ware in the Metelis region (Alexandria, Egypt).” By Cristina Mondin

— “An annotated bibliography of Arabic and Berber in Libya.” By Adam Benkato and Christophe Pereira

— “Arabic toponymy in the territory of al-Bayḍā/al-Qubba (Cyrenaica, Libya).” By Jesus Lorenzo Jimenez

It is available online at the journal’s homepage, but unfortunately only accessible to subscribers or those with an institutional subscription.

Libyan Fiction – Banipal Magazine

Banipal, the UK-based magazine of modern Arabic literature in English translation, published an issue dedicated to Libyan Fiction back in 2011. The print edition is reasonably priced and well worth having, but issue 40 also happens to be available online at Banipal’s website! You can read every piece of Libyan fiction in the issue for free. Together with the recent second edition of Ethan Chorin’s Translating Libya (see here), it represents the best and most recent collection of Libyan literature in English translation, and both are absolutely essential introductions to many of today’s important writers.

From the editor’s description of the issue:

“What an amazing coincidence that [Banipal’s 40th issue] should be dedicated to the celebration of Libyan literature at such an extraordinary historical moment in the Arab world when the region is witnessing a chain of uprisings and revolutions against dictatorial and corrupt regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and, finally, Libya.

We at Banipal are very proud of this special issue on Libyan fiction, and with it announce our absolute solidarity with the Libyan people in their aspiration to democratic rule and the exercising of all their rights, the first of which are to express their thoughts and the abolition of all forms of censorship on audio-visual media and literature.

When I met by chance the veteran Libyan writer Ali Mustafa al-Musrati, one evening at the Greek Club in Cairo, February 2007 (at this time exactly), I said to him: “I’m extremely saddened by the neglect of Libyan literature in the Arab world and by the ignorance of the West.” I promised him that Banipal would publish a special feature on the wonderful literature of Libya. And how happy we are to fulfil this promise at this time in particular…”

The Libyan authors whose work appears are (in no particular order): Ghazi Gheblawi, Wafa al-Bueissa, Hisham Matar, Ibrahim al-Koni, Mohammed Mesrati, Razan Naim Moghrabi, Mohammed al-Asfar, Ahmed Fagih, Giuma Bukleb, Omar el-Kiddi, Saleh Snoussi, Najwa Binshatwan, Omar Abulqasim Alkikli, Azza Kamil al-Maghour, Ibrahim Ahmidan, Redwan Abushwesha, Mohammed al-Arishiya, Mohammed al-Anaizi. There is also profile on Ali Mustafa al-Musrati.

Bulletin of the Faculty of Arts, University of Benghazi

majalla-coverThe Bulletin of the Faculty of Arts, Benghazi (مجلة كلية الاداب، بنغازي) was an academic journal in English and Arabic published at irregular intervals by the University of Benghazi* from 1958 to 2002. It contained articles by noted Libyan as well as European academics, on all manner of subjects.

Since the Bulletin is not held by most libraries in Europe or the US (the SOAS library does have an almost complete set) nor indexed by research databases, I decided to scan and upload the table of contents of issues 1–16 to this blog. I haven’t been able to access issues later than 16 although colleagues in Benghazi tell me that the most recent issue was #23  in 2002. Apparently the Bulletin still exists in name and plans are underway to continue it, but it goes without saying that things are on hold until conditions improve.

1 (1958)2 (1968)3 (1969)4 (1972)5 (1973)6 (1974)7 (1975)8 (1976)9 (1980)10 (1981)  – 11 (1982)12 (1983)13 (1984)14 (1985)15 (1986)16 (1987) — 17 — 18 —19 — 20 —21 —22 —23 (2002)


* Originally the Libyan University (الجامعة الليبية), then from 1973 the University of Gar Younis (جامعة قار يونس), and from 2011 the University of Benghazi (جامعة بنغازي).

New Issue of Libyan Studies | مجلة الدراسات الليبية

LIS46_-1The latest issue of the journal Libyan Studies (no. 46) has been published by the Society for Libyan Studies. It is available online, though only by subscription. The table of contents of this issue is below. For those who don’t know it already, Libyan Studies has been published once annually since the late 1960s. Originally intended to report the various projects of British archaeological teams in Libya, the journal’s scope has since expanded but maintains a focus on archaeology, classical (i.e. Greco-Roman) Libya, and the built environment. The society also has a few lectures open to the public each year in London.

Table of Contents of Libyan Studies 46

“Obituary: Wyndham Michael (Mike) Edmunds” – Tony Allan

“Mid-Holocene bifacial tradition evidenced in Augila Oasis, Cyrenaica, Libya” – John P. Mason and Giulio Lucarini

“Non-destructive μXRF analysis of glass and metal objects from sites in the Libyan pre-desert and Fazzan” – C.N. Duckworth and A. Cuénod and D.J. Mattingly

“The walls of medieval Zuwila” – D.J. Mattingly and C.M. Daniels and M.J. Sterry and D.N. Edwards

“Extramural rock-cut sanctuaries in the territory of Cyrene” – Oliva Menozzi

“The epigraphy of Sidi Khrebish, Benghazi (Berenice): an update” – Joyce Reynolds and Philip Kenrick

“Conserving and managing mosaics in Libya (CaMMiL): the final project review” – William T. Wootton and Alaa El-Habashi and John D. Stewart and Hafed Walda

“Les dépotoirs d’ateliers de céramiques de Majoura: nouvelles données” – Mongi Nasr

“The musical tradition of maʾlūf in Libya: rethinking memories from the field” – Philip Ciantar

“The Society for Libyan Studies Archive: Past, Present and Future” – Victoria Leitch and Julia Nikolaus

“Notes from Libya” – Paul Bennett and Pauline Graham

اللي ايحب يقرا مقالتين او ثلاثة من العدد هذا ايدز لي رسالة نعطيك

Sketch Magazine | مجلة سكتش

A new electronic magazine has just been launched out of Benghazi, and two issues are already online. Sketch Magazine is a digital periodical focusing on architecture and design (in Arabic). Furthermore, it is produced by two young women, Aisha Abdelhaqq and Fatoum al-Fallah.

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The first issue includes pieces, with plenty of photographs, about Benghazi’s architectural heritage, including buildings such as the baladiyya (town hall) and the cathedral, as well as a presentation of projects by university architecture students and a selection of creative works. The second issue has a feature on the traditional mud architecture of the Awjila oasis in eastern Libya. Both are worth your reading time!

Quaderni di Archeologia della Libia

Quaderni di Archeologia della Libia is a journal going back to the 1950s which publishes the results of various types of archeological fieldwork and research concerning places now in Libya. Most articles are in Italian, but some are in English and other languages. As it does not seem to have its own website, I have taken the liberty of posting a link to a list of contents online.

Table of Contents (Issues 1-18) in text format.

Furthermore, most issues (they are not cheap!) can be purchased at the website of the publisher, L’Erma di Bretschneider.