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Ifriqiya in Transition

"Ifriqiya in Transition" is a podcast that takes you on a journey through one of the most unique periods in history. It covers the province of Roman and Byzantine Africa, which later became known as Ifriqiya to the Arabs. The podcast explores the indigenous Berber peoples and their long history of assimilating different languages and religions. It also covers the arrival of the Arabs, who faced decades of war before they could establish themselves. Six distinguished Tunisian academics, historians and archaeologists, had the great kindness to join us on this journey through time.
04 April 2023
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Berbers and Arabs: Revolts and New States

The Berber Revolt, the Third Fitna, the end of the Umayyad Caliphate, the Abbasid Revolution, Sufism, Ibadism, Barghouta, Sijilmasa, Djebel Nefoussa, Arwa the Kairouanese, the Fihrids, the Muhallabids, the Rustumids, the Idrisids, the Arab troop revolts, and concluding with Ibrahim Ibn Al-Aghlab, the founder of the Aghlabid dynasty (800-909 CE).

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EPISODE 5

Barbarian Knights: From Resistance to Conquest

How did Byzantium react to the seizure of Carthage? What religion was the Kahina, queen of the Aurès Berbers? What is the second military base established by the Arabs in Ifriqiya? Who was the first governor of the largest Umayyad province? In what context did the resisting Berbers join the Arab troops?
EPISODE 4

The Fall of Kairouan and Carthage

After being revoked by Muawya from his position, who appointed Oqba Ibn Nafaa as governor of Ifriqiya? Which of the following names refers to the Berber leader who killed Oqba Ibn Nafaa in around 63H/682 AD: Koceila, Kacîla, Aksel or Caecellus? Ten years after losing Kairouan, how were the Arabs able to capture Carthage?
EPISODE 3

Kairouan: From the Qarn Mountain to the Plain of Gamonia

Why did Amr Ibn Al-As take the side of Muawia Ibn Abi Sufyan during the Great Discord ? Who is Muwayia Ibn Hodeyj and why does the commentator Ibn Abd Al-Hakam minimize his role in the conquest of Ifriqiya ? Was there a Kairouan before that of Oqba Ibn Nafaa ? Is it true that the site of the current Kairouan was uninhabited before the arrival of the Arabs ?
EPISODE 2

Part II : Arab Armies, from Egypt to Ifriqiya

Where did the Berbers come from, according to Arab genealogists of the 9th century ? How did the Arabs conquer present-day Libya ? Were children allowed to command regiments? What was Jerjir, the exarch of Carthage, doing in Sufetula ? How many Abdullahs were there at the Battle of Abadila? Why did Abdallah Ibn Zubair steal the spotlight from the commander-in-chief Ibn Saad ? And why did the Arabs withdraw from Ifriqiya after their resounding victory ?
EPISODE 2

Part I : The issue of written sources

When we talk about the beginnings of Islam and the Arab conquests, this question inevitably arises: To what extent can we rely on Arab historical sources written at least two centuries after the events? What about non-Arab and non-Islamic sources? How did the archives of the first two centuries of the Hijra disappear? How do historians determine what really happened when the stories they have are biased towards one side?
EPISODE 1

Africa towards the end of Antiquity

Moors, Africans (Berbers and Romanized Punics), and Romans: This was the population of Africa, the province of Roman Africa during the last five centuries of antiquity. It was a fervently Christianized population that did not back down in the face of persecutions and religious disputes. In 439, the Vandals, who were a group of newcomers at the time, unsuccessfully tried to impose their Arian church. Although they were driven out by the Byzantines in 533, they were still unwelcome.

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The healing journey

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Implementing the Commons: Interview with Safouane Azouzi

In this third and final episode on the commons, we take a look back at the Green Lecture, a conference dedicated to the commons that took place on May 24. We then look at the experience of Safouane Azouzi, a Tunisian researcher and designer, who looks at local commoning practices, their origins and how they are being reappropriated by society. Finally, we discuss the political and societal aspects of the commons, and how these practices can ultimately benefit local organizations.

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Inkyfada Podcast is the first platform entirely dedicated to original Tunisian podcasts, and was conceived by Inkyfada media in collaboration with the in-house research and development laboratory, InkyLab.
Inkyfada joined the global podcast boom in 2017, when the team produced the first Tunisian audio documentary, diving deep into the belly of the El Kamour struggle taking place in the desert.
Since then, Inkyfada Podcast has produced a wide variety of documentaries, investigations, and podcast series, as well as articles accompanied by music; covering a multitude of contemporary issues in order to offer an immersive and alternative podcast experience.
Whilst exclusively offering audio content, the Inkyfada Podcast team upholds the same core values and principles of inkyfada.com, and is committed to producing high quality content though a dynamic and meticulous production process.
In addition to the permanent team, Inkyfada podcast works closely with various journalists, artists, illustrators, musicians and other content creators in order to diversify the platform and support artistic creativity.
These podcasts differ from traditional radiophonic content in that the applied production and editing process is more akin to cinematographic techniques, in addition to being web-based, downloadable and accessible on demand.
Additionally, Inkyfada Podcast uniquely offers subtitles in French, Arabic and English for all audio content, the majority of which is recorded in Tunisian or in the preferred language of the speaker in question.

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