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Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Guardian on Libyan Imazighen

In yet another report on the emerging consciousness of the Amazigh (pl. Imazighen, also "Berber") people in Libya since the fall of Qadhafi, The Guardian has this report.. [Note: Link wasn't working; should be fixed now.]

One quibble: before the fall of Qadhafi, "anyone who spoke Tifinagh in public could be arrested." The author means Tamazight, Tifinagh is the ancient script, still used by the Tuareg and revived anong North African Imazighen. Speaking a script is indeed a challenge (do you speak any Cyrilllic, or how about Kufic?)  Otherwise, a useful article.

4 comments:

David Mack said...

The link to Guardian article says, "Error Not Found"

Michael Collins Dunn said...

Sorry. Should work now.

Mel said...

Michael, any plans on reviewing Bruce Maddy-Weitzman's 'The Berber Identity Movement and the Challenge to North African States'?

Michael Collins Dunn said...

Mel:

I imagine the Journal will review it. I might write something here if I had a copy, but the Book Review Editor, John Calabrese, gets those, not me.