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In the Country of Men

by Hisham Matar

In the Country of Men
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    Jan 2007, 256 pages
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    Feb 2008, 256 pages

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A Short History of Libya

Libya is located on the Mediterranean coast in the North of Africa to the West of Egypt (map).  Much of the country lies within the Sahara Desert but the coastal areas have a Mediterranean climate with arable land in the plateaus.  The earliest known settlers of the area were the Berber people, known as Libyans to the Greeks.  Around the 7th century BC the maritime culture known as Phoenicians or Canaanites colonized the eastern section of the country which they called Cyrenaica; and the Greeks colonized the west, which they called Tripolitania.  Both parts eventually came under the control of the Roman Empire until the Empire's decline, after which the area was invaded by Arab Forces (7th century ...

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