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Senussi Royal Crest.png
Country Cyrenaica
 Kingdom of Libya
Place of originLibya
FounderMuhammad ibn Ali as-Senussi
Current headMohammed El Senussi;
Idris bin Abdullah al-Senussi (rival claimant)
Final rulerIdris of Libya
Deposition1969: Overthrown by Muammar Gaddafi's 1 September Coup d'état

The Senussi or Sanusi (Arabic: السنوسية‎) are a Muslim political-religious tariqa (Sufi order) and clan in colonial Libya and the Sudan region founded in Mecca in 1837 by the Grand Senussi (Arabic: السنوسي الكبير‎), the Algerian Muhammad ibn Ali as-Senussi. Senussi was concerned with what he saw as both the decline of Islamic thought and spirituality and the weakening of Muslim political integrity.

From 1902 to 1913, the Senussi fought French colonial expansion in the Sahara and the Kingdom of Italy's colonisation of Libya beginning in 1911. In World War I, they fought the Senussi Campaign against the British in Egypt and Sudan. During World War II, the Senussi tribe provided vital support to the British Eighth Army in North Africa against Nazi German and Fascist Italian forces. The Grand Senussi's grandson became king Idris of Libya in 1951. In 1969, Idris I was overthrown by a military coup led by Muammar Gaddafi. The movement remained active in spite of sustained persecution by Gaddafi’s government. The Senussi spirit and legacy continue to be prominent in today’s Libya, mostly in the east of the country.

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The war has grown larger and larger and ever more countries have joined the fight, and this week, one neutral nation takes one big step closer to war. This week, the United States breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany. I’m Indy Neidell; welcome to the Great War. Last week Germany declared unrestricted submarine warfare, where any ship in the war zone is subject to being sunk on sight without warning. There was scattered small action on all the European fronts, and more political turmoil in Russia as the Foreign Minister resigned. Let’s jump right in with the big news of the week. On February 3rd, 1917, the United States severed diplomatic relations with Germany and their respective ambassadors were recalled. This was an inevitable consequence of Germany reintroducing unlimited submarine warfare, which violated the agreement reached after the sinking of the Sussex in 1915. Now, no shipping in the war zone is safe from sudden death. American President Woodrow Wilson told congress that if American lives were taken, he would ask for the means to protect them. He also encouraged other neutrals to break off diplomatic ties with Germany. Most didn’t, though Brazil, China, Chile, and Argentina sent notes to Germany that they would follow suit if threats to their shipping were carried out. Still, the first American ship sunk after the proclamation of the 1st was the freighter Housatonic on the 3rd. Before sinking the ship, the submarine crew gave warning, allowed the Housatonic’s crew to man the boats, and then towed them 150km toward land. A British patrol vessel appeared and the sub fired a signal to get its attention before disappearing beneath the waves. Under the new rules, though, the Housatonic should have been sunk without warning. This might seem promising, but it turned out to be an act of grace extended toward a neutral ship that left its homeport before unrestricted warfare went into effect. It was not repeated. The British ship Eavestone was sunk and its crew was shelled by the sub as they took to the boats. The captain and three seamen, one an American, were killed. Something that really was a flagrant violation of the Sussex agreement was the torpedoing of the Anchor Liner “California” off the Irish coast with 230 people aboard, including some Americans. There were no American casualties among the 41 victims, but attacks on passenger liners without warning, regardless of the menace to American lives, were the centerpiece of the crisis between Germany and America. The California sank in 9 minutes and no effort was made to save the victims. This “overt act”, the specific kind of overt act that Wilson said he was waiting for before any open enmity broke out, brought the breaking point nearer. The Japanese Prince and the Mantola were sunk without warning, and though they were British steamers, there were 30 American cattlemen on the Japanese Prince, who were all rescued, and an American doctor on the Mantola, who also survived. These acts were acts of war and were reasons enough to declare war, but for now Germany’s single offenses were being overlooked. But what will the cumulative effect be? This was something that was just beginning, but something else was just finishing this week. On the Libyan front, perhaps the most forgotten front of the war. Ottoman backed Senussi tribesmen had harassed the British forces in Egypt for over a year, but this week a British expedition set out from Egypt to break the power of Said Ahmed, Senussi leader, and it came to a head at the Siwa Oasis. After an all day battle the Senussi were defeated. They evacuataed by night and headed for Shiyata, but British cavalry cut off their retreat by taking the Munasib Pass and forcing the tribesmen to disperse south into the waterless desert. The Senussi power in the Western Desert was now completely broken. But the British were having problems on another front that was just gearing up after winter, the Macedonian front. Now, east of Lake Doiran the Bulgarian 9th “Pleven” Infantry Division had taken up defensive positions a couple of months ago. They were led by Major-General Stefan Nerezov and Colonel Vladimir Vazov, who would soon be promoted to general and take command there. What Vazov, and indeed most of Bulgarian High Command, wanted was an all-out offensive toward Salonika that would drive the Allies out of Greece and close that front. The German High Command did not agree with this. They argued that this front needed to be kept open to divert troops from the Western Front. This was understandable since the Allies were currently sending and would continue to send hundreds of thousands of men to Salonika. So since there would be no huge offensive, Vazov decided to dig in and dig in properly. He requested that Germany supply building materials like concrete and this the Germans were happy to do. What Vazov’s men constructed over the winter and spring was perhaps the most impressive defensive lines of the whole war. They included two new main positions with two rows of continuous trenches, those trenches being up to 2 meters deep and linked with communications passages. In front of these was a two-lined system of barbed wire. Behind them were concrete galleries that could be used as fire positions for artillery or ammunitions platforms. In front of the main position there were smaller fortifications, while secondary positions were 2-5 km to the rear. The advance positions were called Zemlyaks, and were little hills connected by a single trench. They were lightly manned but filled with machine guns. Their purpose was to halt an attacker’s forward momentum and force him to get down long before he could reach the first trench line, and leaving him vulnerable. Vazov also ordered concrete bunkers built, some as deep as 17 meters underground. These were large enough to hold the entire 9th Division’s 34,000 men. The total amount of trenches was dozens of kilometers long and Bulgarian historians say that it’s larger than the amount of digging done for the Sofia Metro 90 years later. Vazov also set up farming communities behind the lines. They were fairly far back but were looked after by the soldiers to bring in crops and livestock. This was because the supply system was so shaky, and having a nearby source of fresh food did wonders for the soldiers’ morale. The British had no idea about all of this until this week on February 9th when they attempted to storm Bulgarian positions. They did have small initial success, but the counter attacked completely repulsed them. It also left them thinking about just what they would have to do to break the Bulgarian defenses. Interesting to see defenses on relatively new fronts being built up to match those of the long stalemate on the Western Front, where small attacks continued this week. On the 3rd, East of Beaucourt and North of the River Ancre, the British advanced 500m in a front over a kilometer wide, taking 100 prisoners. The next day in same region the British took 500m of trenches and 100 more prisoners On the Italian front there were similar skirmishes. On the 6th there was intense artillery fighting in the Astico Valley. In the Sagana Valley an Austrian detachment trying to take Italian positions on Monte Maso was routed, leaving their guns and ammo on the ground as they fled. The following day in that valley, the Austrians tried again on the right back of the Brenta, but Italian infantry and field batteries were too much for them, while on the 9th, east of Gorizia the Austrians attack Italian positions, 1000 Italian prisoners were taken. And here are a couple of notes to end the week. On the 4th, Mehmed Talaat Pasha became new Ottoman Grand Vizier when Said Halim resigned for health reasons. This is roughly equivalent to Prime Minister. Talaat had served as Minister of the Interior and Minister of Finance and is one of “the three pashas” that pretty much ran the Ottoman Empire during the war. It was he who ordered the arrest and deportation of Armenian intellectuals in Constantinople in April 1915 that is usually seen as the “official” beginning of the Armenian Genocide. And that was the week. The Senussi tribesmen broken in North Africa, the British running up against unexpectedly strong Bulgarian fortifications in Macedonia, some small skirmishing in Italy and the West, and a new Ottoman Prime Minister. And the US breaking off diplomatic relations with Germany. And Germany sinking vessels with neutral American civilians aboard. So what would follow? It seems there are three choices for the United States: do nothing and let your people be killed, which was unacceptable, stop shipping, stop trade - including the lucrative trade with the Entente powers - and limit the rights of your people to travel the seas, which was what much of Congress considered, but Wilson rejected, which was also unacceptable, or go to war and fight back. So starting this week, it looks like the war is going to get even larger and even bloodier. Madness. If you want to learn more about Bulgaria in the war and how they joined the central powers, click right here. Our Patreon supporter of the week is Adam Vartanian - thank you for your incredible support on Patreon. You can also support us by buying our official merchandise. See you next time.


Beginnings 1787–1859

The traditional Senussi banner, later used as the flag of Cyrenaica and eventually incorporated into the flag of Libya
The traditional Senussi banner, later used as the flag of Cyrenaica and eventually incorporated into the flag of Libya

The Senussi order has been historically closed to Europeans and outsiders, leading reports of their beliefs and practices to vary immensely. Though it is possible to gain some insight from the lives of the Senussi sheikhs[1] further details are difficult to obtain.

The fortresses and army of religious brotherhood of Muhammad ibn Ali as-Senussi, 1883
The fortresses and army of religious brotherhood of Muhammad ibn Ali as-Senussi, 1883

Muhammad ibn Ali as-Senussi (1787–1859), the founder of the order[1] and a proponent of Sufism, was born in Algeria near Mostaganem and was named al-Senussi after a venerated Muslim teacher.[1] He was a member of the Walad Sidi Abdalla tribe, and was a sharif. He studied at a madrasa in Fez, then traveled in the Sahara preaching a purifying reform of the faith in Tunisia and Tripoli, gaining many adherents, and then moved to Cairo[1] to study at Al-Azhar University. The pious scholar was forceful in his criticism of the Egyptian ulama for what he perceived as their timid compliance with the Ottoman authorities and their spiritual conservatism. He also argued that learned Muslims should not blindly follow the four classical madhhabs (schools of law) but instead engage in ijtihad themselves. Not surprisingly, he was opposed by the ulama[1] as unorthodox and they issued a fatwa against him.

Senussi went to Mecca, where he joined Ahmad ibn Idris al-Fasi, the head of the Khadirites, a religious fraternity of Moroccan origin. On the death of al-Fasi, Senussi became head of one of the two branches into which the Khadirites divided, and in 1835 he founded his first monastery or zawiya, at Abu Qubays near Mecca.[1] Due to Wahhabi pressure Senussi left Mecca and settled in Cyrenaica, Libya in 1843, where in the mountains near Sidi Rafaa' (Bayda) he built the Zawiya Bayda ("White Monastery").[1] There he was supported by the local tribes and the Sultan of Wadai and his connections extended across the Maghreb.

The Grand Senussi did not tolerate fanaticism and forbade the use of stimulants as well as voluntary poverty. Lodge members were to eat and dress within the limits of Islamic law and, instead of depending on charity, were required to earn their living through work. He accepted neither the wholly intuitive ways described by some Sufi mystics nor the rationality of some of the orthodox ulama; rather, he attempted to achieve a middle path. The Bedouin tribes had shown no interest in the ecstatic practices of the Sufis that were gaining adherents in the towns, but they were attracted in great numbers to the Senussis. The relative austerity of the Senussi message was particularly suited to the character of the Cyrenaican Bedouins, whose way of life had not changed much in the centuries since the Arabs had first accepted the Prophet Mohammad's teachings.[2]

In 1855 Senussi moved farther from direct Ottoman surveillance to Jaghbub, a small oasis some 30 miles northwest of Siwa.[1] He died in 1860, leaving two sons, Mahommed Sherif (1844–95) and Mohammed al-Mahdi, who succeeded him.

Developments since 1859

Sayyid Muhammad al-Mahdi bin Sayyid Muhammad as-Senussi (1845 – 30 May 1902) was fourteen when his father died, after which he was placed under the care of his father's friends Amran, Reefi and others.[1]

The successors to the sultan of the Abu Qubays, Sultan Ali (1858–74) and the Sultan Yusef (1874–98), continued to support the Senussi. Under al-Mahdi the zawiyas of the order extended to Fez, Damascus, Constantinople and India.[1] In the Hejaz members of the order were numerous. In most of these countries the Senussites wielded no more political power than other Muslim fraternities, but in the eastern Sahara and central Sudan things were different.[1] Mohammed al-Mahdi had the authority of a sovereign in a vast but almost empty desert. The string of oases leading from Siwa to Kufra, and Borkou were cultivated by the Senussites and trade with Tripoli and Benghazi was encouraged.[1]

Senussi going to fight the British in Egypt (c.1915)
Senussi going to fight the British in Egypt (c.1915)

Although named "al-Mahdi" by his father, Muhammad never claimed to be the actual Mahdi (Saviour), although he was regarded as such by some of his followers.[1] When Muhammad Ahmad proclaimed himself the actual Mahdi in 1881, Muhammad Idris decided to have nothing to do with him.[1] Although Muhammad Ahmed wrote twice asking him to become one of his four great caliphs (leaders), he received no reply.[1] In 1890, the Ansar (forces of Muhammad Ahmad al-Mahdi) advancing from Darfur were stopped on the frontier of the Wadai Empire, Sultan Yusuf proving firm in his adherence to the Senussi teachings.[1]

Muhammed al-Mahdi's growing fame made the Ottoman regime uneasy and drew unwelcome attention. In most of Tripoli and Benghazi his authority was greater than that of the Ottoman governors.[1] In 1889 the sheik was visited at Jaghbub by the pasha of Benghazi accompanied by Ottoman troops.[1] This event showed the sheik the possibility of danger and led him to move his headquarters to Jof in the oases of Kufra in 1894, a place sufficiently remote to secure him from a sudden attack.[1]

By this time a new danger to Senussi territories had arisen from the French colonial empire, who were advancing from the French Congo towards the western and southern borders the Wadai Empire.[1] The Senussi kept them from advancing north of Chad.

Leadership of Ahmed Sharif as-Senussi

Omar Mukhtar became the most trusted chief Under Sayyid Ahmad Sharif
Omar Mukhtar became the most trusted chief Under Sayyid Ahmad Sharif
Sidi Muhammad Idris al-Mahdi al-Senussi, King of Libya
Sidi Muhammad Idris al-Mahdi al-Senussi, King of Libya

In 1902, Muhammad Idris died and was succeeded by his nephew, Ahmed Sharif as-Senussi, but his adherents in the deserts bordering Egypt maintained for years that Muhammad was not actually dead.[1] The new head of the Senussi maintained the friendly relations of his predecessors with the Dud Murra of Wadai Sultan of the Wadai Empire,[1] governing the order as regent for his young cousin, Muhammad Idris II (the future king Idris of Libya), who signed the 1917 Treaty of Acroma that ceded control of Libya from the Kingdom of Italy[3] and was later recognized by them as Emir of Cyrenaica[4] on October 25, 1920.

The Senussi, encouraged by the German and Ottoman Empires, played a minor part in the World War I, utilising guerrilla warfare against the Italian colonials in Libya and the British in Egypt from November 1915 until February 1917, led by Sayyid Ahmad, and in the Sudan from March to December 1916, led by Ali Dinar, the Sultan of Darfur.[5][6] In 1916, the British sent an expeditionary force against them known as the Senussi Campaign led by Major General William Peyton.[7] According to Wavell and McGuirk, Western Force was first led by General Wallace and later by General Hodgson.[8][9]

Italy took Libya from the Ottomans in the Italo-Turkish War of 1911. In 1922, Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini launched his infamous Riconquista of Libya — the Roman Empire having done the original conquering 2000 years before. The Senussi led the resistance and Italians closed Senussi khanqahs, arrested sheikhs, and confiscated mosques and their land. Libyans fought the Italians until 1943, with 250,000–300,000 of them dying in the process.[10]

Idris of Libya

From 1917 to his death, in 1933, Ahmed Sharif as-Senussi’s leadership was mostly nominal. His fifth daughter, Fatimah el-Sharif, married her first cousin, the Grand Senussi’s grandson Idris I of Libya in 1931 and became the Queen consort upon her husband’s accession to the throne in 1951.

Idris replaced Ahmed in the Order’s leadership in 1917 and played a key role as the Senussi leader who also brought Libyan tribes to coalesce into a unified Libyan nation.[11]

Italy took Libya from the Ottomans in the Italo-Turkish War of 1911. In 1922, Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini launched his infamous Riconquista of Libya — the Roman Empire having done the original conquering 2000 years before.

Idris established a tacit alliance with the British which was conducive for two agreements with the Italian rulers, one of which brought most of inland Cyrenaica under the factual control of the Senussis.[12] The resulting Accord of al-Rajma, consolidated through further negotiations with the Italians, earned Idris the title of Emir of Cyrenaica, albeit new tensions which compromised that delicate balance emerged shortly after.[13]

Soon Cyrenaica became the stronghold of the Libyan and Senussi resistance to the Italian rulers. In 1922 Idris went into exile in Egypt as the Italian response to the Libyan resistance grew increasingly violent.[13]

During World War II, the Senussi tribes led by King Idris formally allied themselves with the British Eighth Army in North Africa against Nazi German and Fascist Italian forces. Ultimately, the Senussis proved decisive in the British defeat of both Italy and Germany in North Africa in 1943.[14] In fact, the Senussi led the resistance and Italians closed Senussi khanqahs, arrested sheikhs, and confiscated mosques and their land. Libyans fought the Italians until 1943, with 250–300,000 of them dying in the process.

As historian Ali Abdullah Ahmida remarked, the Senussi order was able to transcend "ethnic and local tribal identification", and therefore had a unifying influence on the Libyans fighting the Italian occupiers.(5)(6) A well-known hero of the Libyan resistance and an ally of Idris, Omar Mukhtar, was a prominent member of the Senussi order and a Sufi teacher whom the Italians executed in 1931.[15]

After the conclusion of the war, Western powers projected Idris, then leader of the Senussi order, as the leader of a new unified Libya. When the country achieved independence under the aegis of the United Nations in 1951, Idris became its king.[16]

Although instrumental towards his accession to power, according to Islamism scholar Mohammed Ayoob, Idris used Islam "as a shield to counter pressures generated by the more progressive circles in North Africa, especially from Egypt."[16]

He continues to be regarded by many with great affection as the "Sufi King". In May 2013 King Idris and Omar Mukhtar were commemorated for their role as Senussi leaders and key players of Libya’s independence in a celebration of the 50th anniversary from the foundation of the African Union in Addis Abeba.[17]

On September 1, 1969, a military coup led by Muammar Gaddafi marked the end of Idris’ reign. The king was toppled while he was receiving medical treatment in Turkey. From there he fled to Greece and then Egypt, where he died in exile in 1983. Meanwhile, a republic was proclaimed and Idris was sentenced to death in absentia in November 1971 by the Libyan People's Court.[18]

In August 1969, Idris had issued a letter of abdication designating his nephew Hassan as-Senussi as his successor. The letter was to be effective on September 2, but the coup preceded Idris’ formal abdication.[19] King Idris’ nephew and Crown Prince Hasan as-Senussi, who had been designated Regent when Idris left Libya to seek medical treatment in 1969, became the successor to the leadership of the Senussi order.[20]

Developments since 1969

As soon as Gaddafi took power, Hasan as-Senussi was arrested along with most of the royal household and subsequently reduced to complete isolation during the following years, spent under house arrest. The Crown Prince and his family were released from house arrest only in 1984, their house burnt down, and were then forced to move into cabins on a public beach in Tripoli. Shortly after, Hasan’s deteriorating health forced him to seek medical treatment in the UK, where he resettled with his family.[21]

Gaddafi banned the Senussi order, forced the Senussi circles underground and systematically persecuted prominent Senussi figures in an effort to remove Sufi symbols and to silence voices of the Senussi tradition from Libya’s public scene.[22] The remaining Senussi tribes were severely restricted in their actions by the revolutionary government, which also appointed a supervisor for their properties.[23]

Ironically, Omar Mukhtar became one of Gaddafi’s most inspiring figures, whose speeches he frequently quoted, and whose image he often exhibited in official occasions.[24] In 1984, Libya’s distinguished Senussi university was closed per Gaddafi’s order, although international scholars continued to visit the country until the beginning of the civil war to study the Senussi history and legacy.[22][25] In fact, evidence of the Senussi presence and activism was recorded throughout the 1980s.[23] Vocal anti-Gaddafi resistance emerged among the former Senussi tribes in Cyrenaica in the 1990s, which Gaddafi violently suffocated with his troops. In 1992, Crown Prince Hasan as-Senussi died. The leadership of the Senussi order passed to his second son, Mohammed El Senussi, which Hasan had appointed as his successor to the throne of Libya.[26]

Enduring relevance of the Senussi Order

The Sufi heritage and spirit remains prominent today, and its sentiment and symbols have inspired many during the 2011 revolution. The image of Omar Mukhtar and his popular quote “We win or we die” resonated in Tripoli and in the country as Libyans rose up to oust Gaddafi.[15] In July 2011 The Globe and Mail contributor Graeme Smith reported that one of the anti-Gaddafi brigades took the name of “Omar Mukhtar Brigade”.[27]

Stephen Schwarz, executive director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, reflected on the “Sufi foundation” of Libya’s revolution in his August 2011 piece for the Huffington Post.[28] Schwarz observed that Libya continued to stand “as one of the distinguished centers of a Sufism opposed both to unquestioning acceptance of Islamic law and to scriptural absolutism, and dedicated to freedom and progress.” “With the fall of the dictatorship,” he wrote, “it will now be necessary to analyze whether and how Libya’s Sufi past can positively influence its future.”[28]

It is indicative that multiple Libyan Sufi shrines and historical sites were targeted and heavily damaged or destroyed by Salafi extremists since 2012. Salafism, which has been observed to be on the rise in Libya over the past years, considers Sufism a heretical movement.

In August 2012, hardline Salafists attacked and destroyed the shrine of al-Shaab al-Dahmani, a Sufi saint, in Tripoli.[29] The tombs of Sufi scholars were systematically targeted by extremists as well. In 2015, English newspaper The Daily Mail posted images showing Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants based in Tripoli attacking multiple Sufi shrines with bulldozers and sledgehammers.[30]

The sustained attacks were consistently denounced by Sufi scholars as well as by the League of Libyan Ulema, a group of leading Libyan religious scholars, calling the population to protect the religious and historical sites “by force” and urging the authorities to intervene in order to avoid further escalations of violence and new attacks by Salafi groups.[31]

Chiefs of the Senussi Order

The royal standard of Idris of Libya
The royal standard of Idris of Libya

Senussi family tree

many generations go by
Ali ibn Abi Talib
Hasan ibn Ali
Abdullah bin Hasan
Idris bin Abdullah
Muhammad ibn Ali as-Senussi
Muhammad al-Mahdi
bin Muhammad
Idris I
of Libya
Queen Fatima
bin Ahmad
Abdullah bin
Muhammad al-
Abid as-Senussi

of NTC)
Idris bin


See also


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  4. ^ A. Del Boca, "Gli Italiani in Libia – Tripoli Bel Suol d'Amore" Mondadori 1993, p. 415
  5. ^ Field Marshal Earl Wavell, The Palestine Campaigns 3rd Edition thirteenth Printing; Series: A Short History of the British Army 4th Edition by Major E.W. Sheppard (London: Constable & Co., 1968) pp. 35–6
  6. ^ M.G.E. Bowman–Manifold, An Outline of the Egyptian and Palestine Campaigns, 1914 to 1918 2nd Edition (Chatham: The Institution of Royal Engineers, W. & J. Mackay & Co Ltd, 1923), p. 23.
  7. ^ William Eliot Peyton Centre for First World War Studies. Accessed 19 January 2008.
  8. ^ Wavell pp. 37–8.
  9. ^ Russell McGuirk The Sanusi's Little War: The Amazing Story of a Forgotten Conflict in the Western Desert, 1915–1917 (London: Arabian Publishing, 2007) pp. 263–4.
  10. ^ John L. Wright, Libya, a Modern History, Johns Hopkins University Press, p. 42.
  11. ^ Bearman, Jonathan (1986). Qadhafi's Libya. London: Zed Books. p. 14.
  12. ^ Vandewalle, Dirk (2006). A History of Modern Libya. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 27.
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  16. ^ a b Ayoob, Mohammed (2013). The Politics of Islamic Reassertion. New York: Routledge. p. 64.
  17. ^ "African Union commemorates King Idris : Libyan Embassy – London".
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  19. ^ Colman, Jeff D. (2013). Petro-Aggression. When Oil Causes War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 128.
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  27. ^ "Libyan rebels crack down on rogue militias". The Globe and Mail. 2011-07-31. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
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  • E. E. Evans-Pritchard, The Sanusi of Cyrenaica (1949, repr. 1963)
  • N. A. Ziadeh, Sanusiyah (1958, repr. 1983).
  • Bianci, Steven, ''Libya: Current Issues and Historical Background New York: Nova Science Publishers, INc, 2003
  • L. Rinn, Marabouts et Khouan, a good historical account up to the year 1884
  • O. Depont and X. Coppolani, Les Confréries religieuses musulmanes (Algiers, 1897)
  • Si Mohammed el Hechaish, Chez les Senoussia et les Touareg, in "L'Expansion col. française" for 1900 and the "Revue de Paris" for 1901. These are translations from the Arabic of an educated Mahommedan who visited the chief Senussite centres. An obituary notice of Senussi el Mahdi by the same writer appeared in the Arab journal El Hadira of Tunis, Sept. 2, 1902; a condensation of this article appears in the "Bull. du Com. de l'Afriue française" for 1902; "Les Senoussia", an anonymous contribution to the April supplement of the same volume, is a judicious summary of events, a short bibliography being added; Capt. Julien, in "Le Dar Ouadai" published in the same Bulletin (vol. for 1904), traces the connection between Wadai and the Senussi
  • L. G. Binger, in Le Péril de l'Islam in the 1906 volume of the Bulletin, discusses the position and prospects of the Senussite and other Islamic sects in North Africa. Von Grunau, in "Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Erdkunde" for 1899, gives an account of his visit to Siwa
  • M. G. E. Bowman–Manifold, An Outline of the Egyptian and Palestine Campaigns, 1914 to 1918 2nd Edition (Chatham: The Institution of Royal Engineers, W. & J. Mackay & Co Ltd, 1923)
  • Russell McGuirk The Sanusi's Little War The Amazing Story of a Forgotten Conflict in the Western Desert, 1915–1917 (London, Arabian Publishing: 2007)
  • Field Marshal Earl Wavell, The Palestine Campaigns 3rd Edition thirteenth Printing; Series: A Short History of the British Army 4th Edition by Major E.W. Sheppard (London: Constable & Co., 1968)
  • Sir F. R. Wingate, in Mahdiism and the Egyptian Sudan (London, 1891), narrates the efforts made by the Mahdi Mahommed Ahmed to obtain the support of the Senussi
  • Sir W. Wallace, in his report to the Colonial Office on Northern Nigeria for 1906–1907, deals with Senussiism in that country.
  • H. Duveyrier, La Confrérie musulmane de Sidi Mohammed ben Ali es Senoûssi (Paris, 1884), a book containing much exaggeration.
  • A. Silva White, From Sphinx to Oracle (London, 1898), which, while repeating the extreme views of Duveyrier, contains useful information.
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