Sufi Heritage In Libya
In the wake of the Sufi Sheikha Radiya mosque in Tripoli being set ablaze on Tuesday the Libya Chronicles has published an article exploring photographer Nader Elgadi’s multi-year project documenting the Sufi population in and around Tripoli after the fall of Gaddafi. Using photographs and interviews Elgadi explores Sufi heritage in Libya, stating:
Sufis lost most of their mosques and shrines and figures in the period after the revolution, but still kept practising their beliefs, praying in the ruins and trying to resist peacefully. A prominent sufi figure told me, after the attack on the 363-year-old Uthman Pasha school in the old city of Tripoli, that this was not new; extremists had been trying to erase Sufis and their heritage from Libya for a long time. They waged their ideological war on them; they did not wish to live together in peace.
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