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List of Berber Personalities In History

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List of Berber Personalities In History

Ancient Berber Kings, Queens & Personalities



  • Shoshenq I: (Shishenq I): Berber Pharaoh, founder of the Egyptian 22nd dynasty (945-924 BC); (946-925); (943-922)?
  • Wayheset: Libyan king.
  • Osorkon I: Berber King, probably son of Shoshenq from Karima (Egyptian 22nd dynasty: 924-889 BC).
  • Queen Makere: wife of King Osorkon I.
  • Shoshenq II: Berber King (Egyptian 22nd dynasty: 890-889 BC).
  • Takeloth I: Berber King (Egyptian 22nd dynasty: 889-874 BC).
  • Osorkon II: Berber King (Egyptian 22nd dynasty: 874-850 BC).
  • Horseise: Hight Preist of Amon: son of Sheshonk II.
  • Takeloth II: Berber King (Egyptian 22nd dynasty: 850-825 BC).
  • Amazigh chief Larbas: negotiated a deal to marry Princess Dido in 814 BC (Tarshish: Carthage)?
  • Pediese: Great Chief of the Meshwesh.
  • Hetihenker: Great Chief of the Meshwesh.
  • Shoshenq Ill: Berber King (Egyptian 22nd dynasty 825-773 BC).
  • Pimay ('The Cat'): son of Shoshenq III: (Egyptian 22nd dynasty 773-767 BC).
  • Bakennefi: brother of Pimay: Prince of Heliopolis.
  • Shoshenq IV: Berber King (Egyptian 22nd dynasty 767-730 BC).
  • Osorkon IV: Berber King (Egyptian 22nd dynasty: 730-715).
  • Pedubast: Berber King (Egyptian 23rd dynasty).
  • Input II: Berber King (Egyptian 23rd dynasty).
  • Sheshong VI: Berber King (Egyptian 23rd dynasty).
  • Osorkon III: Berber King (Egyptian 23rd dynasty).
  • Takeloth III: Berber King (Egyptian 23rd dynasty).
  • Rudamon: Berber King: (Egyptian 23rd dynasty).
  • Tefnakht: Berber King, founder of the Egyptian 24th dynasty (unified the Delta).
  • Bocchoris: Berber King (Egyptian 23rd dynasty).
  • Masinissa: King of Numidia.
  • Jugurtha: King of Numidia.
  • Juba II: King of Numidia.
  • Macrinus: Roman emperor.
  • Clodius Albinus: ruler of Britannia.
  • Lusius Quietus: ruler of Judaea.
  • Quintus Lollius Urbicus: ruler of Britannia (138 – 144 AD).
  • Septimius Severus: Libyan Roman emperor (193 – 211 AD).
  • Tacfarinas: (Leader of the wars against the Romans in the Aures Mountains).
  • Firmus: (fought the Romans: 372 – 375).
  • Gildo: (fought the Romans in 398).
  • Publius Terentius Afer (Terence: writer, Latin).
  • Lucius Apuleius: author of The Golden Ass (The Transformations of Lucius Apuleius of Madaura).
  • Priscian: (Latin grammarian).
  • Marcus Cornelius Fronto: (Roman grammarian).
  • Saint Augustine of Hippo: Christian philosopher).
  • Saint Monica of Hippo: (Saint Augustine's mother).
  • Arius: (proposed the doctrine of Arianism).
  • Donatus Magnus: (head of Donatist school).
  • Gelasius I: (Pope: 492-496).
  • Victor I: (Pope: 186-201).
  • Miltiades: (Pope: 311-314).
  • Abd ar-Rahman I: (731-788).
  • Al-Mansur: (712-775).
  • Tariq ibn Ziyad (Zeyyad): (leader of the army that invaded Spain in 711).
  • Adrian of Canterbury: Abbot of St Augustine's Abbey in Canterbury.
  • Dihya: Kahina: Dinamigan: Berber Queen, Priestess and General. According to the Arab generals themselves, whenever a Berber tribe is defeated another emerges from the mirage like the jinn of the desert. Among the fiercest Berber leaders who resisted the new arrivals was the Berber queen and prophetess Kahina, who, according to the Arab generals whom she was at war with, defeated them like no other general had done before her.
  • Aksil: Kusayla: King or Tribal leader.
  • Salih ibn Tarif of the Berghouata: translated the Koran to Berber.
  • Abbas Ibn Firnas: inventor and aviator; first attempt at controlled flight?
  • Ibn Tumart: founder of the Almohad dynasty.
  • Yusuf ibn Tashfin: Almoravid dynasty.
  • Al Idrisi: scientist and geographer.
  • Ibn Battuta: traveller.
  • Ibn Khaldoun: histography.
  • Leo Africanus: geographer and historian.
  • Abu Yaqub Yusuf I.
  • Abu Yaqub Yusuf II.
  • Ziri ibn Manad: founder of Zirid dynasty.
  • Muhammad Awzal.
  • Muhammad al-Jazuli: Sufi.
  • Imam al-Busiri: poet.
  • Abu Ali al-Hassan al-Yusi.

  • Commanding bronze statue of the Berber Roman emperor Septimius Severus

    Modern Berber Personalities:

    • Solaiman al-Barouni: Berber from Yefren, Nafousa Mountain, Libya: creator of the first republic in the Arab World: the Tripoli Republic.
    • Jean Amrouche, (1906–1962) writer and Taos Amrouche's brother.
    • Taos Amrouche: powerful Algerian writer and singer (1913-1976).
    • Said Sifaw al-Mah'rouq: Libyan Berber scholar, poet, writer, activist, and linguist, from Jado, Nafousa Mountain.
    • Mohammed Bessaoud: Algerian spiritual father of Berberism.
    • Hocine Aït Ahmed: Algerian revolutionary fighter and secularist politician.
    • Saïd Sadi: Algerian politician.
    • Ali Yahya Mua'amar: Libyan Abadi Scholar.
    • Mouloud Feraoun: Algerian writer assassinated by the OAS.
    • Mouloud Mammeri: Algerian writer, anthropologist and linguist.
    • Salem Chaker: Algerian Berberist, writer, linguist, cultural and political activist.
    • Sidi Said: leader of the Algerian syndicat of workers: UGTA.
    • Khalida Toumi: Algerian feminist and secularist.
    • Ahmed Ouyahia: Prime Minister of Algeria.
    • Belaïd Abrika: one of the spokesmen of the Arouch.
    • Nordine Ait Hamouda: secularist politician and son of Colonel Amirouche.
    • Driss Jettou: Prime Minister of Morocco.
    • Lalla Fatma n Soumer: female worrior (Amazon) who led western Kabylie in battle against French troops.
    • Kateb Yacine: writer founder of the berberiste mouvement.
    • Mohamed Chafik: Moroccan writer; IRCAM.
    • Tahar Djaout: writer and journalist assassinated by the GIA in 1993.
    • Si Mohand: Kabyle poet.
    • Fidel Castro (Cuba: his mother was a Berber from the Canary Islands).
    • Morocco's King Mohammed VI (the monarchy's mother was a Berber).
    • Zinedine ZidBerber Nesmenser; Zuwarah, Libya.
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