The Amazigh are the Indigenous Peoples of Northwest Africa, with a population exceeding 30 million in what is now Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, Mali, Morocco, Niger and Egypt.

The Amazigh are also known by the name “Berber”, a term that is derived from the Roman word for “barbarian”. Such a name was a given by Rome to anyone who did not speak Latin. Most Imazigen (plural of Amazigh) consider “Berber” to be extremely offensive. The term Amazigh, conversely, means “free man”.

Contested Indigeneities, Contested Land: An Amazigh Perspective on the Western Sahara

Free People: The Imazighen of North Africa

Amazigh Spring

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