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Tribal Politics in the Borderland of Egypt and Libya


Part of the Palgrave Series in African Borderlands Studies book series (PSABS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Thomas Hüsken
    Pages 1-11
  3. Thomas Hüsken
    Pages 31-59
  4. Thomas Hüsken
    Pages 165-201
  5. Thomas Hüsken
    Pages 203-231
  6. Thomas Hüsken
    Pages 233-241
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 243-264

About this book


This book explores the tribal politics of the Awlad ‘Ali Bedouin in the borderland of Egypt and Libya. These tribal politics are part of heterarchy in which sovereignty is shared between tribes, states and other groups and, within this dynamic setting, the local politicians of the Awlad ‘Ali are essential producers of order beyond the framework of the nation state. Based on long-term fieldwork, this monograph is ideal for audiences interested in North African Politics, Libya, Egypt, and borderland studies.


Thomas Hüsken is Senior Research Fellow at the Department for Ethnology of the University of Bayreuth, Germany.



Awlad 'Ali Libya Egypt Bedouin Bordeland African Politics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of BayreuthBayreuthGermany

About the authors

Thomas Hüsken is Senior Research Fellow at the Department for Ethnology of the University of Bayreuth, Germany.

Bibliographic information


“He has produced a rich study that makes an important contribution to our understanding of kinship and tribal politics. This book represents scholarship at the highest level and will be of interest to academics, diplomats and anyone else interested in non-state forms of sociopolitical organization in general and tribes in particular.” (Ronald Bruce, International Affairs, Vol. 96 (3), 2020)

“The book by Thomas Hüsken is one of the most important recent contributions to political anthropology. … Its rich ethnography, which uses data from decades of fieldwork, makes the book very readable. The glossary of local terms is very useful … .         The span of theoretical and empirical literature is dazzling. The book should be read not only by anthropologists, but also by other social scientists, politicians and field practitioners.” (Petr Skalník, Sociologus, Vol. 69 (1), 2019)