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Berber government : the Kabyle polity in pre-colonial Algeria

Author: Hugh Roberts
Publisher: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2014, cop. 2014.
Series: Library of Middle East history, 14.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

A radically new way of understanding North African political history from a world-renowned expert on the area.


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh Roberts
ISBN: 9781845112516 1845112512
OCLC Number: 892961821
Description: 1 vol. (XVI-329 p.) : ill., cartes. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Table of Contents Preface A Note on Transliteration List of Illustrations List of Maps List of Tables Chapter 1 Considering Kabylia Greater Kabylia The Kabyles and the other Algerian Berbers Pre-colonial Kabylia and the Academy I: the unresolved controversy and its revival Pre-colonial Kabylia and the Academy II: towards a clarification of the debate The two perspectives Chapter 2 Economy and forms of settlement Leqbayel and Igawawen The economy of Kabylia The 'arsh in Kabylia Thaddarth and tufiq The Igawawenthaddarth Chapter 3 Kabyle Law The qawanin Qanun, 'urfand Shari'a The code of honour and the code of law Antagonism in society Chapter 4 The Kabyle polity The thijemmu'a of Kabylia The temman The sfuf The sfuf and the 'arsh The saff systems The vindication of Masqueray Chapter 5 Pre-colonial Kabylia and the Regency, 1509-1639 Introduction Ibn Khaldun and the Kabyles The Ottoman revolution The Ottoman Regency and the nature of Kabyle opposition The second coming of maraboutism in Kabylia Chapter 6 The rise and fall of the lords of Koukou The 'kingdom' of Koukou: the enigma The Ath l-Qadi and the foundation of Koukou Vassals and the temptation of disloyalty Ottoman policy between the Kabyles and the Ojaq Ottoman policy and the end of Koukou Koukou defined Chapter 7 The reconstitution of Kabylia after 1640 The origins of an originality The Igawawen and the exheredation of the Kabyle woman The imrabdhen and the reordering of Kabylia The Iboukhtouchen succession and the Ottoman penetration of Kabylia The Ottoman dispensation and the supersession of the Iboukhtouchen The assemblies of the Igawawen and their purposes Chapter 8 Transcending Kabylia: the constitutional tradition and the exceptional tradition Appendix Glossary Bibliography Index
Series Title: Library of Middle East history, 14.
Responsibility: Hugh Roberts.


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