Libya: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
After years in comparative isolation Libya is opening up again.Its relations with the rest of the world have now improved, andwith the lifting of sanctions it is likely that more outsiders willhave a chance to visit it both for business and for pleasure.To many the country and its people are an enigma. It is an Arabcountry unlike other Arab countries. It is an African country, butit doesn’t feel like Africa. For the uninitiated, the Libyans aredifficult to fathom. But their values and attitudes have beenshaped by their past and traditions, many of which date backcenturies.This slim volume aims to offer an insight into the Libyan peopleand their view of life. Such information will enhance your stay intheir country and ensure that you do not commit too many faux pas.There are chapters on customs and traditions, and the rapidlychanging nature of modern Libyan life, with advice on what toexpect and how to behave appropriately in different situations. Forthe business traveler there is guidance on how to deal withgovernment structures and policies, and how to make the most of theopportunities that present themselves.Above all, Culture Smart! Libya should help you to becomeacquainted with a nation of resilient, outgoing, and friendlypeople who, when they greet you with the words ahlan wa sahlan, arecompletely genuine in their welcome.