Asked in Amazigh Language and Culture (Berbers and Moors)
Amazigh Language and Culture (Berbers and Moors)
Where in North Africa did the Celtic Amazigh originate?
What is the history of Christianity within the Berber people of north Africa?
The Amazigh were actually some of the earliest and proudest Christians. Tertullian, Cyprian, and Augustine were all Amazigh. However, different Amazigh tribes chose not to convert to Christianity and remained Jewish or Animist/Polytheist. When the Muslims conquered North Africa in the 7th century, a large number of Christian Amazigh converted to Islam. The remainder would convert to Islam over the centuries (except a small minority of Amazigh - especially the Jewish Amazigh) because of the second-class status given to Christians.
Asked in History of Asia, Islam, History of Africa, Africa
Is Islam the predominant language in North Africa?
Asked in History of England, Celtic History
What is the relationship between Celts and the swastika?
The Celtic Amazigh of North Africa, unlike the later European style 'Germanic Celts' that Eurocentic historians insist upon , did have a language of symbols, a full alphabet one of which was the sign we know as the swastika. In their long dispersal then gradual absorption and elimination, the Celts of Europe lost their written language however and became illiterate. The Amazigh of North Africa did not lose their written language and continue to this day as an independent people albeit under the name given to them by the Romans of 'Berbers' ( barbarians).
Asked in History of the Middle East
What are bedouins and berbers?
Why do Berbers believe in Islam?
The Amazigh converted to Islam over the long period of Arab Muslim Rule in North Africa. The Amazigh in the lowland areas which saw more benefits in aligning with the new conquerors converted almost immediately. The Amazigh tribes in the mountains took many more centuries, but they slowly converted to Islam.
Why do many Berber people speak French?
The French colonized the countries of North Africa (specifically Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia) where most Amazigh people live. (Berber is the name given to them by the ancient Arabs). As a result, many Amazigh are trilingual (Darija, French, and their own Amazigh dialects like Takbaylit, Tachawit in Algeria and Tarifit, Tasousit in Morocco).
Asked in Cheetahs, North America
Did Cheetahs originate in North America and if so where is the evidence?
Who were pastoral people in North Africa who were conquered and converted to Islam by the Arabs?
Asked in Islam
Did Timbuktu establish itself as a center for any significant activity?
Asked in Iran, Africa, Middle East
How are Iranians different from people in middle east and north Africa?
Answer 1 The three groups are different physically. See the Related Links to view images of Persians (Iran), Arabs (Middle Easterners), and Amazigh/Berbers (North Africans). Answer 2 There is also a huge cultural divide between Iran and the Middle East and North Africa. Iran is a modern cosmopolitan country with a high percentage of educated individuals. While many people debate whether the Arabs and Amazigh are ready for democracy, there is little doubt in academic circles whether Iran would be ready for democracy; it is ready.
Asked in South Africa, Africa
Which continent is farther north North Africa or South Africa?
South Africa is a country, not a continent. It is in the continent of Africa. North Africa is just a geographical reference to the northern part of the continent of Africa. There are lots of countries in the north of Africa. To answer the question, the north of Africa is further north than South Africa.
When did Berber women got more rights?
This response will use the term Amazigh which is the proper term for Berber. It depends entirely on the country, what is meant by "more rights", and which distinguishing factor is more important (Amazigh or Woman). With the exception of Morocco and Tunisia, Amazigh women in most North African countries (Algeria, Mauritania, and Libya) have minimal rights. Moroccan rights that extend to all women have had a harder time penetrating the mountains where the larger Amazigh communities are (since they are farther from the coastal cities). Women's rights, especially among Amazigh, are slow to change and most Amazigh women are still treated differently and less than the male members of their community. Of course, there are certainly strong Amazigh women, but by and large they are far away from equality.