Historical Dictionary of the Berbers (Imazighen) (Historical Dictionaries of Peoples and Cultures #5)
Author: Hsain Ilahiane
Publication: The Scarecrow Press, 2006
ISBN: 081085452X / 9780810854529
Berbers are the ancient inhabitants of North Africa, but rarely have they formed an actual kingdom or separate nation state. Ranging anywhere between 15-50 million, depending on how they are classified, the Berbers have influenced the culture and religion of Roman North Africa and played key roles in the spread of Islam and its culture in North Africa, Spain, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Taken together, these dynamics have over time converted to redefine the field of Berber identity and its socio-political representations and symbols, making it an even more important issue in the new century.
Through the use of maps, a list of acronyms, a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, appendixes, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on significant persons, places, events, institutions, and aspects of culture, society, economy and politics—past and present—the Historical Dictionary of the Berbers (Imazighen) provides necessary information on this under-studied group of people.
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