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The Berbers: The Peoples of Africa

Michael Brett, Elizabeth Fentress

ISBN: 978-0-631-20767-2 October 1997 Wiley-Blackwell 372 Pages

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The Berbers provides a comprehensive overview of the history of the Berber-speaking peoples.

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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.

"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


  • The first general study of the Berbers in the English language.

  • A synthesis of a vast range of archaeological, anthropological and historical data.

  • Covers period from pre-history to the present day.