Ar-rabīˁ al-ˁarabī? The Attitude of the Berber Population to the Events of the ‘Arab Spring’ in Tunisia and Libya
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Uniwersytet Jagielloński
Publication date: 2016-09-30
Stosunki Międzynarodowe – International Relations 2016;52(3):176-190
The aim of the article is to present the events of the Arab Spring from the point of view of a non-Arab ethnic minority. The analysis concerns Berbers – the indigenous people of North Africa, who have been asserting their cultural distinctiveness since the beginning of the 20th century. Given the wide dispersion of the Berber population in North Africa, the analysis was limited to two countries of the region: Tunisia and Libya. The choice of these countries is determined not only by the scale of the political changes that took place there after 2011 but also by the insufficient number of academic papers on the issues discussed. The analysis focuses on the presentation of the situation of the Berber minority in both countries before 2011 and of the participation of ethnic minorities in the political changes that took place after the Arab Spring
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