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By Hugh Roberts

The Berber identification stream in North Africa was once pioneered by way of the Kabyles of Algeria. yet a preoccupation with identification and language has obscured the truth that Kabyle dissidence has been rooted in democratic aspirations encouraged through the political traditions of Kabylia itself, a Berber-speaking quarter within the north of Algeria. The political organization of pre-colonial Kabylia, from which those traditions originate, was once good defined by way of nineteenth-century French authors. yet their lack of ability to provide an explanation for it inspired later theorists of Berber society, corresponding to Ernest Gellner and Pierre Bourdieu, to brush aside Kabylia’s political associations, significantly the jema‘a (assembly or council), and to minimize Berber politics to a functionality of social constitution and shared faith. In Berber executive, Hugh Roberts, a well known specialist on North Africa, explores the impressive logics of Kabyle political corporation and the weird measure of autonomy it possessed with regards to either kinship divisions and the spiritual box. This publication additional bargains a pioneering account of the social and political background of Kabylia in the course of the Ottoman interval and establishes a noticeably new technique to comprehend the complicated position of the Kabyles in Algerian politics.

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