Anna Maria Di Tolla & Ersilia Francesca (Eds.), Emerging Actors in Post-Revolutionary North Africa. Berber Movements: Identity, New Issues and New Challenges, Studi Magrebini, XV, Il Torcoliere, Napoli, 2017, 389 p.; ISBN: 9788867191567; ISSN: 0585-4954
The essays collected in this volume seek to address some questions concerning Berber identity and cultural rights discussed during the three-day international conference titled ‘North Africa Transition and Emerging Actors’. The Conference concluded with a panel discussion titled Amazigh/e – Amazighity – Tamazgha – Berber – Berberity: Linguistics practices and metalinguistic analyses, in honour of Francesco Beguinot (1879-1953). Thanks to him and his scientific activity, a glorious tradition of Berber Studies was introduced in our country. He was the first Berber professor in Italy whose contributions to Berber studies are widely known and appreciated.
The book, consisting of three sections, traces the evolution of these new social actors, the Berbers, and discusses some of the key themes that have relevance to the contemporary Amazigh movements before, during and after the uprisings in North Africa.