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    DescriptionThe Berbers is the first attempt by English scholars to provide a comprehensive overview of the history of the Berber-speaking peoples. From the first appearance of humans in the Maghreb, through the rise of the formidable Berber kingdoms of Numidia and Mauretania, the book traces the origins of the distinct characteristics of these disparate peoples, regarded as the indigenous inhabitants of North Africa. In examining, too, the responses to external overlords, whether Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Turks, or, most recently, European imperial powers, the authors indicate the importance for the various Berber communities of such factors as language, tradition, social organization and geographical location. The book also covers the role of religion and trade as forces of social change in North Africa. The authors draw on a wide range of sources, from archaeology and history, to anthropology and literature. In showing the Berber-speaking peoples in their immediate social environments, the book explains how they retained a range of traditional systems of organization alongside those of the dominant cultures. The Berbers will thus help the reader to appreciate the Berber past and to understand their present.


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    Title
    The Berbers
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Brett, By (author) Elizabeth Fentress
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780631207672
    ISBN 10: 0631207678
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    BIC subject category V2: JHM, HBJH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HB
    BIC subject category V2: JFSL
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/AFRICN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS001000
    Ingram Theme: RELI/ISLAM
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17530
    Ingram Theme: CULT/NAFRIC
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET010
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/AFRICN
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1HB
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 961.004933
    DC22: 961.004933
    Thema V1.0: JHM, JBSL, NHTB, NHH
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    Publisher
    John Wiley and Sons Ltd
    Imprint name
    BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS
    Publication date
    15 December 1997
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Michael Brett is Lecturer in African History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University.Elizabeth Fentress was formerly a Consultant Archaeologist for UNESCO and has excavated extensively in North Africa. She is currently Mellon Professor of the American Academy in Rome.
    Review quote
    "Brett and Fentress have produced a remarkable study of the Berber-speaking peoples of North Africa that is both scholarly and highly readable." American Journal of Archaeology. "Fentress and Brett combine their efforts to produce a well-rounded history of the Berbers ... a solid introduction for English-speaking students at all levels." CHOICE. 'Here at long last is a decent and thoroughly worthwhile general book on Berbers.' Journal of North African Studies
    Back cover copy
    "The Berbers "is the first attempt by English scholars to provide a comprehensive overview of the history of the Berber-speaking peoples. From the first appearance of humans in the Maghreb, through the rise of the formidable Berber kingdoms of Numidia and Mauretania, the book traces the origins of the distinct characteristics of these disparate peoples, regarded as the indigenous inhabitants of North Africa. In examining, too, the responses to external overlords, whether Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Turks, or, most recently, European imperial powers, the authors indicate the importance for the various Berber communities of such factors as language, tradition, social organization and geographical location. The book also covers the role of religion and trade as forces of social change in North Africa. The authors draw on a wide range of sources, from archaeology and history, to anthropology and literature. In showing the Berber-speaking peoples in their immediate social environments, the book explains how they retained a range of traditional systems of organization alongside those of the dominant cultures. "The Berbers "will thus help the reader to appreciate the Berber past and to understand their present.
    Table of contents
    List of Plates. List of Figures. List of Maps. Series Editors' Preface. Preface. Introduction. 1. Berbers in Antiquity. 2. The Empire and the Other: Romans and Berbers. 3. The Unification of North Africa by Islam. 4. The Arabization of North Africa. 5. The Wheel of State. 6. Pastoral Berbers: Nomads, Slaves and Saints. 7. The Society and its Habitat. 8. Berbers and Berberism. Notes. Bibliography. Index.