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Tripoli in the Travelers' Literature

The Contemporary Period (1950s-present CE)

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Quotes from the Contemporary Period

"Allaaaahu Akbar! At an hour before dawn, the call to prayer begins to reverberate through the streets. First one and then another mosque takes up its chant. Quickly others follow, and in a few moments it is as if they were singing a sort of round in which the different parts complement and echo against each other. After about five minutes, the electrically amplified voices fall silent, and the city is as hushed as before.

Slowly life stirs. The buildings some under fluorescent tubes curving over the main streets, some heavily shadowed, are mostly dark, but here and there a window is bright... Beyond the silent workshops of Zahriyyah, the day is already further advanced in Bab al-Tibbani. Beneath glaring lights, trucks from north, east, and south are being unloaded. Crates of cabbages, grapes, and other produce are checked off and opened...

At dawn, the call to prayer is no longer the predominant voice of the city, and if more people heed it, more people are also busy in other activities... Soon schoolchildren in twos and threes are making their way in every direction... Pedestrians crowd the sidewalks of the Tal and overflow into the streets... 'Al'ibbi-'ibbi-'ibbi-'ibbi-hawn!' shouts a service (taxi) driver, anxious for his fifth fare to complete his payload for the Qubbah. Cars for the Qubbah wait in one place. Cars for the Mina wait in another... Cling-cling: a passing coffee seller announces himself... At the park gate a man carefully selects a ka'ak from a pushcart. It is shaped lige a large, ecentric doughnut. Holding it by the narrow part, he tears a hole in the widest part, sprinkles dried thyme into its hollow interior and begins to munch...

The day reaches its crescendo shortly after the middle of the afternoon. All businesses are open and traffic is heavy... and the streets are thronged with thousands of school children - homeward bound on foot, in buses and cars... By early evening, most of the stores and workshops are closed or closing, and lights begin to shine from the windows of private homes... Lare revelers are rarely heard after about 11 O'clock, for by now most of the city is asleep. But already trucks are moving toward Tripoli with foodstuffs which will feed it next day."

John Gulick, author of 'Tripoli: A Modern Arab City' (1967 CE)

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