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Arabization of the Amazigh lands

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Abstract:

A repeated theme among anti-Amazigh propagandists is that the Amazigh identity was created by the French and that the Amazigh militants are traitors, working for the French. A common insult is to call the Amazigh ‘sons of the White Fathers’, referring to the missionary Roman Catholic priests that worked in the mountains of Kabylia under French colonialism. Certainly, French colonialism changed the dynamics of North Africa, particularly in Algeria, and the issue of identity has its roots in the divide-and-conquer strategy of the former colonialist power. But it was the Arab identity that was created due to this strategy, and the process was institutionalized under the post-independence regimes, which were influenced by the pan-Arabist ideology of the former Egyptian president, Gamal Abdel Nasser.

Keywords: Amazigh; Arab identity; Gamal Abdel Nasser; Kabylia; post-independence regimes

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ijfs.6.3.211/3

Publication date: December 1, 2003

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