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Arab culture, official support, dialects, intellectuals, independence

French tradition formerly dominated the cultural life of Algeria. Even before independence, however, there was a growing movement among Algerian artists and intellectuals to revive national interest in Arab-Berber origins, a movement that, since 1962, has gained official support. Nevertheless, culture has also been a divisive issue. The state’s emphasis on Arab culture and language has alienated Algeria’s Berber minority, who cherish their own traditions and dialects.

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