Farhat al-Zawi

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Muslim judge and politician from Tripolitania.

Farhat al-Zawi studied in Tripoli, Tunis, and Paris and was a judge in Zawiya, Tripolitania, as well as a member of the Ottoman parliament from 1908 to 1912. A leader of the Tripolitanian resistance to Italian rule in Libya (19111912), he negotiated with the Italians for the region's future (December 1912) and became their adviser, helping to consolidate Italian rule.

See also Tripolitania.


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Simon, Rachel. Libya between Ottomanism and Nationalism: The Ottoman Involvement in Libya during the War with Italy (19111919). Berlin: K. Schwarz, 1987.

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