Senior Research Fellow Prof. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman has published a chapter in Volume II of Emerging Actors in Post-Revolutionary North Africa: Berber Movements: Identity, New Issues and New Challenges, which examines the interface between Berber identity and post-2011 events in North Africa.
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Prof. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman has published an article on the Amazigh (Berber) people of the Maghrib, in the Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism.
Principal Research Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman has written a piece in the American Interest, where he examines how, in Morocco, where the traditional “fear of the authorities” has weakened, the Amazigh identity movement could help shape the future.
This study examines the place of the Amazigh movement and communities in the evolving political fortunes of North African states. It evaluates the prospects for attaining a genuine recognition of Amazigh ethnocultural demands as part of a broader democratic transformation of society and state, and the Amazigh movement's likely contribution to that transformation. The Amazigh movement has the potential to make alliance with governments and other sectors of societies, in part to try and balance the strength of Islamist groups.
Principal Research Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman examines the rich and complex history of Jewish-Muslim relations in North Africa. This is a chapter from "Nationalism, Identity, and Politics: Israel and the Middle East," published by the MDC in 2014.
MDC Principal Research Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman analyzes how the memory of Mohammed bin Abdelkrim al-Khattabi, the leader of a five-year resistance to Spanish and French colonialism in northern Morocco between 1921 and 1926, is utilized in the modern era.
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Principal Research Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weitzman examines participation in the protests by Amazigh (Berber) associations and political parties demanding official recognition of their linguistic and cultural rights within more genuinely democratic societies.
Contemporary processes of globalisation have stimulated and reinforced a specific Berber/Amazigh ethno-political identity. Overall, the Berberist discourse is profoundly sympathetic to Western liberal-humanist values, and strongly condemnatory of the predominant monocultural order based on Islam and Arabism. To be sure, globalisation's homogenising effects are seen as a threat to indigenous peoples' cultural identities, Berbers included. But, overall, modern Berber imagining is bound up with a secular, Western-modern vision of the future.
Principal Research Fellow Dr. Bruce Maddy-Weizman analyses the relationship between the Amazigh (Berbers) and the North African state.