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Adam Benkato

On the Death of Libya's Tyrant

[A torn banner showing Muammar Gaddafi in Sirte. Photo by Asmaa Waguih]

An understanding of the context of Muammar Gaddafi’s demise helps explain why it happened as it did. It also has important repercussions for the future of Libya, since his killing raises important questions about Libyan judicial, military and social processes. Gaddafi’s rule lasted for over four decades—long enough for the majority of Libyans to have lived their entire lives under his reign. More to the point, Libyans lived under an all-encompassing aegis of fear, ...

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Adam Benkato


Adam Benkato is a PhD student in Religion at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. He studies Zoroastrian and Manichæan texts in Iranian languages, and also works on Arabic dialects and oral literature, especially in Libya.