Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Important New Book Explores Amazigh Culture

Moroccan university researcher Moha Ennaji has just published a collective book entitled " Amazighity and Andalucia: Right of Belonging and Hospitality".

This book of 250 pages, which consists of the proceedings of the conference organised in Fes in July 2013 within the framework of the Festival of Amazigh culture, sheds light on the great contributions of Amazigh people to the history of Andalucia.

The book focuses on the historical and social significance of the Amazigh culture, and its role in the understanding of the history and enhancing of cultural exchange and coexistence. It aims to propose a homogeneous approach that will foster the strengthening of intercultural dialogue, social peace, and democratic culture.

The book shows that North Africa has always been an irreplaceable bridge between Europe and Africa, and that the relations between the two sides of the Mediterranean have always been rich and tense.

One of the goals of the book is to discuss the linguistic and cultural situation in the region, and deepen the debate on cultural diversity, particularly in the Maghreb and Andalucia. The book proposes alternatives able to develop dialogue between cultures, tolerance and constructive communication between the Maghreb and Europe. Authors examine the main cultural components of the Maghreb countries especially Arab and Amazigh, but also Jewish, Christian, Andalucian, Spanish and French components.

Moha Ennaji is president of South North Centre for Intercultural Dialogue and Research on Migration. 

He is the author of several articles and books, including “Muslim Moroccan Migrants in Europe” (Palgrave, 2014), "Multiculturalism and Democracy in North Africa (Routledge, London, 2014)," Multilingualism, Cultural Identity, and Education in Morocco "(Springer New York, 2005)," Language and Gender in the Mediterranean Region "(Mouton de Gruyter Berlin, 2008)," Gender and Violence in the Middle East ", Routledge, 2012, collective). He has also published numerous articles in Moroccan, European and American magazines and newspapers.

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