Barghawata, a new vision of its history

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Khedidja Chenaa


The aim of historical studies is not only a contribution to the discovery of humanity's past, but rather an aid in identifying how a person can integrate his multiple past into his permanent present and move towards the future. Therefore, studying the thought of the Barghawata state is an attempt to understand ourselves, and perhaps the best of what has been said about The topic is what the historian Mark Block answered his son to the question: Father, to what does history serve? To answer him, let’s understand.

Therefore, in order to understand it, it is necessary for us to reconsider its thought within the series of events that led to its establishment, as we do not deny that the Barghawata state and its controversial thought have been dealt with by several historians and thinkers from the historical and epistemological side, and most of them agreed that it lasted for a long time and it was able to include a large alliance of several Amazigh tribes, and this rarely happens in the history of the Amazigh community. Therefore, the reason for its establishment and its separation from the centralization of the Umayyad state is mainly due to the Caliphate’s eagerness based on sanctifying the Arab element at the expense of the rest of the elements, and away from the interpretations of its deviation from the teachings of the Islamic religion, as it was considered a factor that confronts Arabization, not Islamization

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