Dating and marriage in libya
Libya was also an Italian colony for about three decades, which had a great impact on the culture.
Libya has managed to keep its traditional folk culture alive to today.
"Against claims that Libya has a limited body of literature, classicists may be quick to note that ancient Greek lyric poet Callimachus and the exquisite prose stylist Sinesius were Libyan.
Some measure of dissent began to be expressed in Libyan literature, but books remained censored and self-censored to a significant extent.
However, Libya at this time developed its own literary tradition, centred on oral poetry, much of which expressed the suffering brought about by the Italian colonial period.
Libyan literature began to bloom in the late 1960s, with the writings of Sadeq al-Neihum, Khalifa al-Fakhri, Khamel al-Maghur (prose), Muhammad al-Shaltami, and Ali al-Regeie (poetry).
In the mid-1970s, the new government set up a single publishing house, and authors were required to write in support of the authorities.
Those who refused were imprisoned, emigrated, or ceased writing.