Libya’s history was influenced by several civilizations, which left their mark on the country. In post-Revolution Libya, many of the social structures and institutions that were at the heart of Libyan identity were eroded. At this stage in history, the country must reframe and rebuild its cultural and civilizational narrative to define a new identity that accommodates the opportunities presented by the future and honors the achievements of the past.
The Center for Libyan Studies will position Libyan Studies as a distinct field of study within the Islamic civilization paradigm. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the Center will offer academic programs and generate research on Libya’s traditions, cultural values, and religious practices within the larger context of global citizenry. The Center’s academic and research themes will be aimed at fostering dialogue, reform, renewal, and restoration in Libya around two themes of rootedness and openness.
Rootedness involves reconciling the current Libyan sense of identity with historical social and cultural contexts by
Openness involves exploring the multi-ethnic roots of the country and chronicling the contribution of Libya’s many ethnic and religious groups to modern Libyan civilization by