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Author Maddy-Weitzman, Bruce.

Title The Berber identity movement and the challenge to North African states / Bruce Maddy-Weitzman
Edition First edition
Published Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 292 pages) : maps
Contents Origins and conquests : Africa, the Mediterranean Basin, Arabia -- The colonial era -- Morocco and Algeria : state consolidation and Berber "otherness" -- Algerian strife, Moroccan homeopathy, and the emergence of the Amazigh movement -- Berber identity and the international arena -- Mohamed VI's Morocco and the Amazigh movement -- Bouteflika's Algeria and Kabyle alienation -- Conclusion : whither the state, whither the Berbers?
Summary Like many indigenous groups that have endured centuries of subordination, the Berber/Amazigh peoples of North Africa are demanding linguistic and cultural recognition and the redressing of injustices. Indeed, the movement seeks nothing less than a refashioning of the identity of North African states, a rewriting of their history, and a fundamental change in the basis of collective life. In so doing, it poses a challenge to the existing political and sociocultural orders in Morocco and Algeria, while serving as an important counterpoint to the oppositionist Islamist current. This is the first book-length study to analyze the rise of the modern ethnocultural Berber/Amazigh movement in North Africa and the Berber diaspora. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman begins by tracing North African history from the perspective of its indigenous Berber inhabitants and their interactions with more powerful societies, from Hellenic and Roman times, through a millennium of Islam, to the era of Western colonialism. He then concentrates on the marginalization and eventual reemergence of the Berber question in independent Algeria and Morocco, against a background of the growing crisis of regime legitimacy in each country. His investigation illuminates many issues, including the fashioning of official national narratives and policies aimed at subordinating Berbers in an Arab nationalist and Islamic-centered universe; the emergence of a counter-movement promoting an expansive Berber "imagining" that emphasizes the rights of minority groups and indigenous peoples; and the international aspects of modern Berberism
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Berbers -- Ethnic identity.
Berbers -- Politics and government.
Nationalism -- Algeria.
Nationalism -- Morocco.
Algeria -- Politics and government.
Morocco -- Politics and government.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010051823
ISBN 0292734786 (electronic bk.)
9780292734784 (electronic bk.)