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Complicating the study of this people is the fact that they speak many and varied dialects of a language called Tamazight, which does not have a written form. Over the centuries, Berbers have adopted the written languages and cultures of their conquerors, while continuing to speak their own language among themselves. 26 | BERBERS The homes in this Berber village in Morocco are made of mud and straw, a combination that, when it hardens, becomes a sturdy building material. In the hot desert climate of the region, the mud homes stay relatively cool.

African Archaeology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985. Shaw, Thurstan. The Archaeology of Africa. London: Routledge, 1995. 14 | ART AND ARCHITECTURE Art and Architecture The painting, engraving, sculpture, and buildings of ancient Africa reflect how early African societies were organized. ” While a modern expert might appreciate the fine lines and exaggerated features of a mask crafted by the Igbo of Nigeria, for example, the Igbo themselves would see the mask primarily as an object with spiritual or religious significance.

The Zenata are horse-riding nomads who lived on the interior plateau of the region of the Sahara. The Arab conquerors of northern Africa had the most lasting impact on the Berbers. E. , Berbers adhered to the minority Shiite version and re- jected the Sunni beliefs of their Arabic conquerors. , a Moorish army conquered much of Spain, which they called alAndalus. Moor is a term that designated persons of mixed Arabic and Berber descent. E. 929 to 1013. Religious tolerance and a flowering of learning including scientific inquiry, philosophy, and the arts marked the period.

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