Brahim Akhiat

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Brahim Akhiat
Born1941
Died (aged 77)
OccupationAuthor, activist

Brahim Akhiat (c. 1941 – 7 February 2018) was a Moroccan author and poet, and a Berber activist.

Biography[edit]

Brahim Akhiat was born in 1941 in Akhiaten, Morocco.[1][2][3]

Akhiat began his career as a mathematics teacher in Kenitra and Rabat.[1] Meanwhile, he became an Amazigh, or Berber, activist.[2] In Rabat in 1967 he co-founded the Association marocaine de recherches et d'échanges culturelles, an Amazigh cultural organization which rose to prominence,[4] alongside Abdellah Bounfour, Ahmed Akouaou, Omar El Khalfaoui and Ali El Jaoui.[5] He served as its secretary general until his death.[2] He joined the board of the Royal Institute of the Amazigh Culture in 2002.[2]

Akhiat was the author of four books.[2] He wrote both prose and poetry in Arabic and in French.[2] His main theme was the relationship between Berber culture and Moroccan national identity.[2] He was also the editor-in-chief of Amud and Tamunt.[3] A conference was held in his honor near Kenitra in 2009.[2]

Akhiat died on 7 February 2018.[3]

Selected works[edit]

  • Akhiat, Brahim (1992). Tabrate.
  • Akhiat, Brahim (1994). Pourquoi l'amazighité ?.
  • Akhiat, Brahim (2004). Les hommes de l’action amazighe aujourd’hui décédés.
  • Akhiat, Brahim (2007). l'amazighité notre identité nationale.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ilahiane, Hsain (2017). Historical Dictionary of the Berbers. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 26. ISBN 9781442281813. OCLC 1001717396.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Hommage à Brahim Akhiat". Le Matin. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Le membre de l'IRCAM, Brahim Akhiat, n'est plus". L'Economiste. 7 February 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  4. ^ Ennaji, Moha. "Recognizing the Berber Language in Morocco: A Step for Democratization". Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. 15 (2): 93–99. JSTOR 43773631. closed access
  5. ^ Afoulous, Said (5 April 2014). "L'AMREC, première association pour promouvoir l'amazigh et la diversité culturelle au Maroc : Histoire d'un parcours pionnier". L'Opinion. Retrieved 10 February 2018.