The Origins of Amazigh Women’s Power in North Africa


linguistic minority
North Africa

How to Cite

Aït Frawsen, U., & Ukerdis, L. (1). The Origins of Amazigh Women’s Power in North Africa. Al-Raida Journal, 17-23.


The term “Amazigh” denotes the major linguistic minority of North Africa. However, “Berber” still remains the more widely used ethno-linguistic word for them. In antiquity, the Romans and Byzantines used this term to refer to those who did not speak the region’s “lingua franca”, Greek. During and after the arrival of Islam in the seventh century, the Arabs followed this Greco-Roman practice and referred to the indigenous peoples they encountered as “barbar.” The French and English speakers adopted the vulgarised term, “Berber”, and coined the word “Barbary,” with respect to the region of North Africa and its people.


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