Arabic Translation of Genocide in Libya now available via Amazon

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Arabic Translation of Genocide in Libya now available via Amazon

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Kalam Research and Media in cooperation with the Libya Institute for Advanced Studies (KRM) announces the publication of the Arabic edition of Professor Ali Abdullatif Ahmida’s Genocide in Libya: Shar, a Hidden Colonial History. This seminal work was originally published in English by Routledge in 2020 and has been translated into Arabic by Dr Mohamed Zahi Al-Mogherbi, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Benghazi, Libya. The book won the 2022 L. Carl Brown Book Prize from the American Institute for Maghrib Studies.

Ali Abdullatif Ahmida is a professor and founding chair of the Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences, at the University of New England, USA. His speciality is political theory, comparative politics, and historical sociology. His scholarship focuses on power, agency, and anti-colonial resistance in North Africa, especially modern Libya.


This original research on the forgotten Libyan genocide specifically recovers the hidden history of the fascist Italian concentration camps (1929–1934) through the oral testimonies of Libyan survivors. This book links the Libyan genocide through cross-cultural and comparative readings to the colonial roots of the Holocaust and genocide studies.

Between 1929 and 1934, thousands of Libyans lost their lives, directly murdered and victim to Italian deportations and internments. They were forcibly removed from their homes, marched across vast tracks of deserts and mountains, and confined behind barbed wire in 16 concentration camps. It is a story that Libyans have recorded in their Arabic oral history and narratives while remaining hidden and unexplored in a systematic fashion, and never in the manner that has allowed us to comprehend and begin to understand the extent of their existence.

Based on the survivors’ testimonies, which took over ten years of fieldwork and research to document, this new and original history of the genocide is a key resource for readers interested in genocide and Holocaust studies, colonial and postcolonial studies, and African and Middle Eastern studies.


The Arabic edition of this book is available in Libya through various book distributors and in Cairo through Al-Kon Online. The Arabic edition is now also available for worldwide customers via Amazon International: Link