Libya
Photos [downloadable for reports]
Maps & Flag [downloadable for reports]
Links
The Land
  • Information about the Sloughi (Sloughi Fanciers Association of America). Learn more about the sloughi, a species of hunting dog that originated in Libya.
  • Libya (CIA World Factbook) Find up-to-date population figures and other statistics.
  • Libya: Attractions (iWon Travel) Listings include Benghazi, Ghadamis, Leptis Magna, and Tripoli.
  • LibyaOnline.com This comprehensive website includes a general overview of Libya, tips for visitors, and information and photos about its cities and other attractions.
  • Photo Gallery: Libya’s Shifting Sands (National Geographic Adventure Magazine, nationalgeographic.com) Take a photo gallery tour of Libya with National Geographic photographer Bobby Model.
  • Sahara Desert-(PA1237) (World Wildlife Federation) This World Wildlife Federation report provides a general description and photos of the Sahara, describes its biodiversity, and assesses environmental threats to the region.
  • Tour the Exhibit: The Sahara is the biggest desert in the world (Africa-One Continent, Many Worlds) Read more about this African desert that is as big as the United States. Learn some of the special names for the Sahara’s winds.
  • Weather (CNN.com) Get the current weather conditions for Tripoli, Libya.
History and Government
  • Chronology of Libyan History (Libyana) View a timeline of highlights in Libya’s long history, from 1000 B.C. to modern times.
  • Al Gathafi [Qadhafi] speaks… View the official English-language website of Libya’s ruler Muammar Qadhafi.
  • The Green Book Read about Muammar Qadhafi’s “final solution to the problem of the instrument of governing” for Libya in his three-part book, The Green Book online.
  • Leptis Magna This ancient city began to grow around a Mediterranean port, serving Phoenicia C.A. 1000 B.C. Study photographs of ruins that have been discovered in modern times and learn about the city’s history.
  • Rediscovering Libya (National Geographic Adventure Magazine, nationalgeographic.com) Read an excerpt of an American journalist’s account of her travels in Libya shortly after the country reopened to American visitors.
The People
  • Berber (the living Africa) Find more about this ethnic group of Libya and other North African nations.
  • Languages of Libya (Ethnologue.com Languages) Learn more about the living languages of Libya.
  • Port of Call: Tripoli, Libya – With the Women of Tripoli (Peace Boat) Find out more about women’s lives in Tripoli along with the passengers on a nonprofit cruise stopping at this Libyan port city.
Cultural Life
  • Art House (Libyana) This website displays a sampling of works from Libyan visual artists.
  • Jana, Jamahiriya News Agency Get the latest news from Libya from its government’s official news provider.
  • Jukebox (Libyana) Sample a variety of music from Libya.
  • Libya Daily.com (World News.com) Catch up on the latest news from Libya.
  • Libyan Cuisine (Libyana) Photo-illustrated recipes follow a brief bibliography of cookbooks.
  • The Magic of Signs and Patterns in North African Art (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) View examples and learn more about the varied cultural influences that inspire artists in Libya, Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.
The Economy
  • Libya Country Analysis Brief (U.S. Department of Energy) Download a PDF file about Libya’s oil and natural gas reserves.
  • The Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and the IMF (International Monetary Fund). This website offers projected changes in Libya’s GDP and consumer price index and a current IMF exchange rate for the Libyan dinar, as well as a list of IMF statements, public notices, and surveys relating to Libya.
For More Information
  • Country Profile: Libya (BBC News) Find up-to-date headlines, colorful maps, timeline, overview, and watch video news clips.
  • Libya (arab.net) Sections include history, geography, business, culture, government, transportation, and holidays and festivals.
  • Libya (CountryReports.org) Find general country information, including geography, government, economy, etc.
  • Libya (Lonely Planet) Travel tips and country information
  • www.national-anthems.net (slawek.com) Listen to Libya's national anthem.
Teacher Resources
  • Congressional Powers (CongressLink, The Dirksen Congressional Center) For one of the student activities listed, students examine the powers of the U.S. Congress in comparison to the powers of similar governmental bodies in countries such as Libya, Australia, China, Haiti, Iraq, and Vietnam.
  • Liberty for Libya? Discussing the Emergence of Democracy in Libya (The New York Times Teacher Connections) Students read about the emerging political leadership of Muammar Qadhafi Western-educated son, Seif Islam Qaddafi and research the history, culture, and government of Libya. Then they write letters to him to discuss his ideas about human rights and democracy for Libya. (Grades 6-12)
  • Power to the People: Exploring the Future of Africa from Corruption to Democracy (The New York Times Teacher Connections) Students compare and contrast the dictatorships and the democracies among African nations, including Muammar Qadhafi’s dictatorship in Libya. (Grades 6-12)
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