The Berbers: Meet the Experts

This month's episode of Diwaniyya, "The Berbers of North Africa," is the first installment of our Minorities in the Middle East Series. Three Tel Aviv University experts discuss the Berbers, or Amazigh as they prefer to call themselves, a people who have been an integral part of the patchwork of Maghreb culture for thousands of years.

Samir Ben Layashi, a doctoral fellow and researcher at the Moshe Dayan Center, focuses on the history of medical practices in Morocco and the integration of the Moroccan Jewish community into Israeli life. He is the author of "Secularism in the Moroccan Amazigh Discourse," which appeared in The Journal of North African Studies.

Bruce Maddy-Weitzman is the Marcia Israel Senior Research Fellow at the Dayan Center. His fields of specialization include modern Middle Eastern history, inter-Arab relations, and the modern Maghreb. His latest book is The Berber Identity Movement and the Challenge to North African States (University of Texas Press, 2011).

Daniel Zisenwine is a Research Fellow at the Dayan Center, whose field of specialization is modern North African history. He is the author of Moroccan Nationalist Politics: The Rise of the Independence Party and the Struggle Against Colonialism After World War II (IB Tauris, 2010).

Alona Ferber

Diwaniyya Contributor