By Andre N. Chouraqui
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13 Surrender was henceforward accompanied by conver sion to Islam and thus, toward the end of the seventh century, Islam began to make headway among the indigenous tribes. This pattern was, in the view of Gauthier, a natural reflex on the part of the Berbers—the expression of their desire to sur vive even if it meant joining their conquerors. They submitted in order to attain an eventual triumph. But the Arabs, unlike earlier conquerors, demanded not only physical submission but also, in the name of Jihad, the holy war, the soul of the Berbers for Islam.
E. The second exile to Babylon was also accompanied by a westward migration. 27 The existence of Hebrew-speaking Jewish communities in North Africa substantiates the theory28 that they left Palestine before their original language, Hebrew, had been supplanted by Ara maic. The first Jewish settlers retained in their new environment the use of their own language which their Punic neighbors This Library PDF version is for the use on an institutional computer only. E. understood. 29 The Jews of the Maghreb maintained close ties with the Holy Land at all times.
Augus tus waived the last restrictions connected with the exercise of the jus honorum. Jews who had been elected to the magistracy, the equestrian class or the Senate were to be found even among the prefects and were eligible to be proconsuls. ) Under the jus com This Library PDF version is for the use on an institutional computer only. , and in North Africa, where the indigenous Jews were reinforced by those flee ing from Palestine, it enabled them to spread the influence of Judaism among the Berber masses, ignoring the limits of na tional or racial origin.
Between East and West: A History of the Jews of North Africa by Andre N. Chouraqui