Monday, February 21, 2011

Awesomest Image(s) du Jour XLVII

Well, I don't know how awesome these are, but they are fascinating.

May I introduce Sayyid Muhammad bin Sayyid Hasan ar-Rida al-Mahdi as-Senussi.  Born in Tripoli in 1962, he is the son of Crown Prince Hasan al-Senussi -- the man whose ascension to the throne was thwarted on 1 September 1969 by then Captain Muammar al-Qaddafi.  The ascension had been planned by his ailing uncle -- King Idris I -- for the very next day.

The deposed king was out of the country when the coup took place.  He died in exile in Cairo in 1983.  His nephew the crown prince, however, lived essentially under house arrest with his family until he was allowed to travel to the UK to seek medical treatment.  He died there in 1992.  Both men are buried at Medina, Saudi Arabia.

The Sanussi dynasty traces itself back to the Prophet Muhammad.  Click here for some history and genealogical information.

And whereas I hardly think that re-establishment of the monarchy is a top concern for anti-Qaddafi protesters, I do think it's interesting that some have chosen to use the flag from that period:

[Sources:  Wikipedia articles on King Idris, Crown Prince Hasan and Crown Prince Muhammad; image of Muhammad and image of pre-Qaddafi flag.]