About this Book
This is the story of the drafting of the Constitution of the United Kingdom of Libya, based upon two year's personal knowledge of the country and a close association with those who helped elaborate the instrument. No attempt has been made to analyse the larger political and diplomatic forces except insofar as they have a direct bearing on the writing of the historic document. The present study is the first in the English language that is based on the hitherto unpublished Arabic source material, and the proceedings of the Libyan National Assembly and its subsidiary organs which framed and promulgated the Libyan Constitution on 7 October 1951. United Nations documents as well as standard works were generally consulted and some extensively used.
Acknowledgements By I.R.K.
I am deeply indebted to Professors J.H. Wuorinen, of the Department of History, J.C. Hurewitz of the School of International Affairs, and Arthur Jeffery of the Semitic Languages Department, Columbia University, New York City, for their valuable suggestions and constructive criticisms. Special thanks go to Adrian Pelt, former United Nations Commissioner in Libya, and to Charles Issawi, Johm Male, Marc Shreiber, my colleagues at the United Nations, and Professor Farhat Ziadeh of Princeton University, for reading the manuscript and making useful observations. I am particularly grateful to Miss Constance Rolfe, also of the United Nations, for editorial assistance. Finally, my greatest debt is to my wife, who not only typed and edited the manuscript but by her constant encouragement made this study possible. (Constitutional Development in Libya, 1956, page v.)