Berber, self-name Amazigh, plural Imazighen, any of the descendants of the pre-Arab inhabitants of North Africa. The Berbers live in scattered communities across Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Mali, Niger, and Mauritania.
Morocco: Brief history of the Berbers including their origins and geographic location. The Berbers of Morocco are the descendants of the prehistoric Caspian culture of North Africa. The de-Berberization of North Africa began with Punic settlement and accelerated under Roman, Vandal, Byzantine and Arab rule.
The Moors initially were the indigenous Maghrebine Berbers. The name was later also applied to Arabs and Arabized Iberians. Moors are not a distinct or self-defined people. The 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica observed that “The term ‘ Moors ‘ has no real ethnological value.”
Berbers are often portrayed as nomadic people crossing the desert on camels, but most are farmers in the mountains and valleys throughout northern Africa. Some do trade throughout the region. Historically Berber merchants were responsible for transporting goods by camel caravans.
Ethnic groups Moroccans are primarily of Berber ( Amazigh ) origin, as in other neighbouring countries in Maghreb region. Today, Moroccans are considered a mix of Arab, Berber, and mixed Arab-Berbers or Arabized Berbers, alongside other minority ethnic backgrounds from across the region.
Morocco is a Northern African country, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and the annexed Western Sahara. It is one of only three nations (along with Spain and France) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines.
The Berbers (autonym: Imazighen) are an indigenous ethnic group of the Maghreb region of North Africa. Following the Muslim conquest of the Maghreb, most Berber tribes eventually became Muslims.
Morocco first experienced Christianity while under Roman rule, as the Empire converted to the faith in its later years. Many of the pre -Christian religions were then reduced in number as Christianity spread. However, after the arrival of Islam, Christianity ceased to have a significant population in the country.
Ethnic groups in Algeria include Arab-Berbers, who represent 99% of the population, though according to the The World Factbook “although almost all Algerians are Berber in origin (not Arab), only a minority identify themselves as primarily Berber, about 40-55% of the total population”.
The Moorish Science Temple of America is an American national and religious organization founded by Noble Drew Ali. He based it on the premise that African Americans are descendants of the Moabites and thus are “Moorish” (sometimes also spelled “Muurish” by adherents) by nationality, and Islamic by faith.
a contemptuous term used to refer to any dark-skinned person.
Libya is a predominantly Arab-Berber and Arabized Berber country with many people of Berber descent identifying as Arabs despite being of Berber heritage, according to DNA tests. However, traditional Berber cultures in Libya have been eroded with time.
The djellaba or jillaba (/dʒɪˈlɑːbə/; Arabic: جلابة; Berber: aselham) is a long, loose-fitting unisex outer robe with full sleeves that is worn in the Maghreb region of North Africa. In central and eastern Algeria it is called qeššaba or qeššabiya.
Moor, in English usage, a Moroccan or, formerly, a member of the Muslim population of al-Andalus, now Spain and Portugal. By extension (corresponding to the Spanish moro), the term occasionally denotes any Muslim in general, as in the case of the “ Moors ” of Sri Lanka or of the Philippines.
Morocco is often lumped into the Middle East (rather than North Africa) and classified as an Arabic country. But the indigenous people of Morocco —the Berbers —are the area’s original inhabitants. The majority of the country’s population of around 34 million is Berber, not Arab.