What is it about?

When Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced in February 2019 that he would seek a fifth term, the people took to the streets in protest. The protests eventually resulted in the president's resignation. Language and Culture played a crucial role in the early stages of the protest.

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Why is it important?

We usually analyse events like the Algerian protests through political, socio-economic, and historical lenses. But we can reach a better understanding of the situation from a cultural perspective.


I hope that this article contributes to validating and humanising North African cultures from an academic persective.

Ziad Bentahar
Towson University

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This page is a summary of: ‘Ytnahaw ga’!’: Algeria’s Cultural Revolution and the Role of Language in the Early Stages of the Spring 2019 Hirak, Journal of African Cultural Studies, August 2020, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/13696815.2020.1788517.
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