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Regional Attractions: World And Village In Kabylia (Algeria)

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This chapter applies the definition of a 'region' to a village in Kabylia, a Berber-speaking area in north-eastern Algeria. Claims that Kabylia is part of the Mediterranean might sound too close to French colonial rhetoric; while attempts to link it to the Middle East or, the 'Arab world' are resented for opposite reasons. The chapter aims to show what kind of region might have mattered to Kabyles throughout time, how and why these regions might have changed. It thereby demonstrates that the 'pull' of various regions and their change over time are an integral part of lived reality that needs to be taken into account in order to fully comprehend Kabylia, both in the past and the present. This research was conducted in Taddart, a village of roughly 1,500 inhabitants overlooking the Soummam Valley, the geographical frontier between Greater and Lesser Kabylia.

Keywords: Algeria; Arab world; Berber-speaking area; French colony; Kabylia; Taddart



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