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The Berber Identity Movement and the Challenge to North African States


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Table of Contents

  • Note on Transcription and Terminology
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part I. Entering History
    • Chapter One. Origins and Conquests: Africa, the Mediterranean Basin, Arabia
    • Chapter Two. The Colonial Era
  • Part II. Independence, Marginalization, and Berber Reimagining
    • Chapter Three. Morocco and Algeria: State Consolidation and Berber "Otherness"
    • Chapter Four. Algerian Strife, Moroccan Homeopathy, and the Emergence of the Amazigh Movement
  • Part III. Reentering History in the New Millennium
    • Chapter Five. Berber Identity and the International Arena
    • Chapter Six. Mohamed VI's Morocco and the Amazigh Movement
    • Chapter Seven. Bouteflika's Algeria and Kabyle Alienation
  • Conclusion: Whither the State, Whither the Berbers?
  • Notes
  • Sources
  • Index

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The first full-length treatment of the emergence of the modern Berber identity movement in North Africa and the Berber diaspora, the challenges it poses to Moroccan and Algerian authorities and to competing Islamist movements, and their responses to it

About the Author

BRUCE MADDY-WEITZMAN is Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of The Crystallization of the Arab State System, 1945-1954 and the coeditor of The Maghrib in the New Century: Identity, Religion, and Politics; The Camp David Summit-What Went Wrong?; and Religious Radicalism in the Greater Middle East. He also edited the last seven volumes of the Middle East Contemporary Survey.


"A rich historical analysis of the origins of Berber identity, the domination of Berbers by successive colonial rules, and the current struggles of Berber movements for recognition by North African states." * The Eurasia Review *

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