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Title:An uncertain heritage: Berber traditional architecture in the Maghreb
Author:Hyland, A.D.C.
Periodical:Maghreb Review
Geographic term:Maghreb
Abstract:National attitudes to the past change through time and the comparative values of different aspects of the national heritage rise and fall, in response to changing political, economic and social circumstances. Berber traditional architecture, and historic Berber settlements in the mountains, oasis and desert fringes of the Maghreb, and in Egypt and Mauritania, suffer from such fluctuating values. In the colonial period singled out for anthropological study and some measure of cultural protection, since independence the built heritage of the Berber has been comparatively neglected. The consequences of this neglect are investigated in this paper, through a review of historic Berber settlements in the Maghreb, and in case studies of the Aures in Algeria, of Ghadames in Libya, and of Siwa in Egypt. Finally, a more positive approach to the Berber built heritage in all the countries of the Maghreb is advocated. Bibliogr., sum.