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A turning point? The Arab Spring and the Amazigh movement

Pages 2499-2515
Received 10 Jul 2014
Accepted 27 Apr 2015
Published online: 03 Aug 2015

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. However, the process is only at the beginning stages, and there is also a possibility that Amazigh self-assertion may lead to greater polarization of North African societies.

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BRUCE MADDY-WEITZMAN is Principal Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University.

ADDRESS: The Moshe Dayan Center, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, 69978, Tel Aviv, Israel.


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