Donnerstag, 30. November 2017, 17:00 - 19:00 iCal

Religion and Violence in Libya

The betrayal of tradition and the rise of modern extremist

HS1 Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Wien


A guest lecture by Zahra' Langhi


Islam has played a prominent role in Libya’s conflicts and upheavals, especially since the country was colonized by Italy in 1911. Al-Sanusiyya, a Sufi movement played a pivotal role in fighting Italian colonialism and in building the Libyan nation state after independence. After seizing power in 1969, Colonel Muammar Gadhafi worked hard to dismantle traditional religious institutions and destroy the possibility of any religious leadership to usurp his own. His efforts, though, only allowed extremism to creep into the vacuum he created. After decades of authoritarian rule, underlying structural disparities and a variety of ethnic, tribal, resource-driven, and other conflicts are percolating to the surface amid these vast societal changes, complicating the process of rebuilding the country.


Forschungsplattform Religion and Transformation in Contemporary European Society


Astrid Mattes
Institut für Politikwissenschaft/ Forschungsgruppe IN:EX