Tuesday , March 28 2017

Opinion

Amazigh Movement in Morocco

Amazigh

By Helene E. Hagan Re: Winter 2009, Volume 43 (2) PAGES 168-177 – “Ni Sauvage, ni Barbare, The Cultivation of “culture” in the Moroccan Amazigh Movement“ by Paul Silverstein, Reed College. Review of Middle East Studies © 2009 Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) Having just found this article on the internet, at the late date of February …

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Decolonising the mind: The language of North Africa

North africa

By Nuunja Kahina on June 25, 2015 — Given the colonial nature of Arabic in Tamazgha, and its imposition on the indigenous people, there are significant reasons that Africans ought to reject the use of Arabic in favour of their indigenous language. When we do this, we participate in decolonization by supporting the survival of African languages in opposition to the …

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The Rich Mythology and Megalithic Culture of the Ancient Berbers, Lords of the Desert

Berbers

By Bryan Hilliard The Barbary Coast of North Africa was named after the Berbers, the nomadic people who inhabited the region west of the Nile Valley in north Africa. Called the Amazigh or Imazighen in antiquity (meaning “free humans” or “free men”), they are among the oldest inhabitants of North Africa. Their rich mythology endured for thousands of years, eventually …

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Al Jazzera Muse Journalist and the Amazigh identity of Morocco

Al Jazeera

  By Mustapha Akebdan The Al Jazeera star journalist Khadija Benguenna has taken to social media to vent her frustration and irritation toward the rehabilitation of the Amaizgh language in her native country Algeria. She did it by denying her follow Moroccan Journalist Samira Sital pronouncement that Morocco is an Amazigh country, not an Arab one. The animosity between the …

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Ahmed Assid…a Free Thinker in a Country Controlled by Dogmatic Ideology

Ahmed Assid

by: Ahmed Zahiri, February, 2016 This is a very crucial point to be taken into account which is that Professor Ahmed Assid is a political activist who has harshly and confidently struggled from within a sick society. Besides being so intellectual, he is also too much aware of his broad and profound environment, and he is intellectually face to face …

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Morocco’s Berber Battle to Keep From Losing Their Culture / Arab minority forces majority to abandon native language

By Peter Prengaman, June 26, 2015,  A war of words over the Berber and Arabic languages is heating up in Morocco, threatening to divide the kingdom in much the same way the battle between French and English speakers divides Canada. Berbers were Morocco’s first inhabitants, and today they are still the majority, accounting for about 60 percent of Morocco’s 30 …

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Morocco to reform its education to curb the Islamic extremism

Islamic extremism

  Mustapha Akebdan, February 7, 2016 After a perpetual denial of the State responsibility on the surge of the violent Islamic extremism, the king of Morocco has ordered a reform of the religious material taught in the public and private schools. The goal of the reform is to emphasize the values of coexistence among different cultures and civilizations. Over the last …

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The Kahina: The Female Face of Berber History

By Cynthia Becker, November 2, 2015,  In the seventh century CE, an Arab army swept across North Africa with the goal of conquest, only to be defeated by a female warrior who led the resistance against their military advances. Commonly referred to as the “Kahina,” meaning “seer” in Arabic, this brave and defiant woman belonged to a Judaized Berber tribe …

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