al-Kāhina(1,628 words)

Talbi, M.

(“the Sorceress”) was the guiding spirit of Berber resistance to the Arab invaders led by Ḥassān b. al-Nuʿmān [q.v.] after the collapse of Byzantine power marked by the fall of Carthage (73/692-3).

Her true personality—which must have been highly complex—is very difficult to discern, for only the distorted reflections of her real features can be detected behind the legend. There is no agreement even on her real name, for al-Kāhina is only a nickname given to her by the Arabs. It is said that she was named Dihya—Ibn K̲h̲aldūn (tr. de Slane, Berbères , i, 172) mentions a Berber tribe know…

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Talbi, M.. "al-Kāhina." Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition. Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Brill Online, 2014. Reference. 28 July 2014 <http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopaedia-of-islam-2/al-kahina-SIM_3785>
First appeared online: 2012
First Print Edition: isbn: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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