They have had there own language and culture that predates Arab and European occupation. They had complete autonomy, communal organizations, and the possibility of practicing their religion. Berbers are also known for textiles produced throughout North Africa, but particularly in southern Tunisia and in central and southern Morocco. Islam at its foundation was a liberator of women. Between and , the Arabs sent their first military expeditions into the Maghrib region of North Africa, which resulted in the spread of Islam.
IN MOROCCO A BERBER FACE HIDES BENEATH AN ARAB MASK
Modern Egypt contains Siwa, part of historical Libya, where they still speaks the Berber language. Retrieved from " https: Tunisia and Morocco became independent in and Algeria in People give gifts of money to the leader of the procession. As of , Berber is a national language in Algeria and is taught as a non-compulsory language in the Berber-speaking areas.
Journal of Human Genetics. Translated by David Seddon. Berber women continue, in most areas, to have little education and little contact with the Arabic-speaking world around them, so their children will doubtless continue to learn and to perpetuate Berber languages. It is clearly evident that they are part of the same race as the rest of the indigenous people of Africa. Ritual ceremonies serve partly as recreation and entertainment and often include music and dance. Berber languages show a high degree of homogeneity in their grammar, somewhat less in their phonology. The differences that one notes between them are fewer and less considerable than those within the Semitic, Cushitic, or Chadic branches Egyptian is manifested as essentially homogeneous at any historical moment.
In the two most important instances, the Almoravid and the Almohad dynasties of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, they were drawn together by the ideal of reform of the previously dominant regime s , seen as having fallen into corrupt ways. In the early s, Berbers were becoming more vocal in their protests over the loss of their language and culture. If a daughter became divorced or widowed, she would return home to live with her family. Like the Semitic peoples vary from fairly dark-skinned Ethiopians to some of the lighter-skinned of Jews. The wide dispersion geographically of the Berber people has led to the development of as many as different dialects. There is a strong movement among Berbers to unify the closely related northern Berber languages into a single standard, Tamazight, which is a frequently used generic name for all Berber languages. In general, they can be found on the least productive lands — the mountains, the high plateaus, the pre-Saharan hammada, and in the Sahara Desert.