Amazigh Arts in Morocco: Women Shaping Berber Identity

Amazigh Arts in Morocco: Women Shaping Berber Identity © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 HAWWA 5, 2–3 Also available online – www.brill.nl BOOK REVIEWS Cynthia J. BECKER, Amazigh Arts in Morocco: Women Shaping Berber Identity (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2006). Reviewed by Sahar Bazzaz (College of the Holy Cross, sbazzaz@holycross.edu) Cynthia J. Becker’s, Amazigh Arts in Morocco: Women Shaping Berber Identity , uses Berber arts—weaving, tattooing, decorative arts and song and dance associated with fertility rites—as a lens through which to understand the evolving relation- ship between gender and Amazigh ethnic identity in post-colonial Morocco. Amazigh Arts in Morocco is based on two years of extensive and detailed ethnographic research among the Berber Ait Khabbash tribe centered in the Ta fi lalt Oasis of south- eastern Morocco. The book is composed of an introduction and seven chapters dealing with var- ious aspects of Ait Khabbash art and culture and an appendix, which includes transcribed songs associated with Ait Khabbash wedding rituals; Becker provides transliteration of the lyrics and their translations from Tamazight to English. The book contains a number of color as well as black and white photographs of wedding rituals, samples of clothing and weaving and tattooing taken by the author herself. She also http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hawwa Brill

Amazigh Arts in Morocco: Women Shaping Berber Identity

Hawwa, Volume 5 (2-3): 350 – Jan 1, 2007

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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 HAWWA 5, 2–3 Also available online – www.brill.nl BOOK REVIEWS Cynthia J. BECKER, Amazigh Arts in Morocco: Women Shaping Berber Identity (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2006). Reviewed by Sahar Bazzaz (College of the Holy Cross, sbazzaz@holycross.edu) Cynthia J. Becker’s, Amazigh Arts in Morocco: Women Shaping Berber Identity , uses Berber arts—weaving, tattooing, decorative arts and song and dance associated with fertility rites—as a lens through which to understand the evolving relation- ship between gender and Amazigh ethnic identity in post-colonial Morocco. Amazigh Arts in Morocco is based on two years of extensive and detailed ethnographic research among the Berber Ait Khabbash tribe centered in the Ta fi lalt Oasis of south- eastern Morocco. The book is composed of an introduction and seven chapters dealing with var- ious aspects of Ait Khabbash art and culture and an appendix, which includes transcribed songs associated with Ait Khabbash wedding rituals; Becker provides transliteration of the lyrics and their translations from Tamazight to English. The book contains a number of color as well as black and white photographs of wedding rituals, samples of clothing and weaving and tattooing taken by the author herself. She also

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