By Fazia Aïtel
“An insightful and significant addition to the sector of postcolonial French stories, tracing the improvement of Berber awareness within the Nineteen Thirties to the occasions of the ‘Arab Spring.’”—Patricia Geesey, college of North Florida
“A delicate account of the paradoxical results of colonialism and its aftermath at the previously colonized. it's a must-read for anthropologists, literary students, and historians of the period.”—Vincent Crapanzano, writer of The Harkis
“An intimate and forceful inquiry into the Berber cultural circulate and the stipulations of postcoloniality extra often. Incorporating literature and tune, heritage and politics, We Are Imazighen brings the cultural lifetime of the Kabyle humans to an English-speaking viewers with grace and passion.”—David Crawford, writer of Moroccan families on the earth Economy
“Provides a framework for reading literary and oral fabric rooted in Berber tradition and expressing another approach of conceptualizing identity.”—Mildred Mortimer, writer of Writing from the Hearth
To the realm they're referred to as Berbers, yet they like to name themselves Imazighen, or “free people.” The declare to this exact cultural id has been felt such a lot acutely in Algeria within the Kabylia zone, the place an Amazigh attention steadily emerged after WWII.
by way of tracing the cultural creation of the Kabyle people—their songs, oral traditions, and literature—from the early Thirties during the finish of the 20th century, Fazia Aïtel exhibits how they've got outlined their very own tradition over the years. finally, she argues that the Amazigh literary culture is based on twin priorities: the will to foster a real discussion whereas protecting a different culture.