The Berber tribes have deep historical roots in North and sub-Saharan Africa, going back more than 20,000 years and pre-dating the Arab conquest of the region. Called the Amazigh which means ‘Free Men’, they’re the descendants of the indigenous tribes who inhabited the area for thousands of years.
“It is important to talk about my home life and share my culture because it is the best and most authentic way to make Morocco, Berber culture and Amazigh people known to the world,” Zahra says. “This gives an authentic and genuine chance to get to know how a big proportion of Moroccans lead their daily life.”
With a population exceeding 10 million, Berbers constitute a significant segment of Morocco’s society, with their own language and cultural traditions. Some are nomadic, some are sedentary and they’re a mix of Muslims, Christians and Jews.
The influence of Berbers can be traced back to ancient civilizations such as the Carthaginians and the Romans, who recognized and interacted with the Berber tribes.
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