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The Story of Dahlia, Queen of the Berbers

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A woman who faced her enemies while empires crumbled, one of the most famous yet elusive women in history, Dahlia was a Berber queen. She is better known as Kahina or al-Kahinat, a title given to her by the Arab Muslims, which means "the witch".

During the siege of Carthage, Dahlia completed her lifetime's achievement. She consolidated all the major Berber tribes under a common purpose - driving out the Muslim invaders.

Dahlia attacked their army, completely defeating it and pushing them back to Egypt. She even reclaimed the ruins of Carthage. At that point, she was the unquestioned heroine and leader of all of Africa’s population – both nomads, Berbers and Romans. All the ethnic and religious groups united under her banner. A Muslim deserter even became her lieutenant and adopted son. This was the time when she gained her famous Arabic nickname. (read more)

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