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Al-Kahina: Jewish Warrior Prophetess

Al-Kahina: Jewish Warrior Prophetess by TH Gideon ha-Khazar

In the latter 600s, the Arab Muslim armies that had
conquered fortified Byzantine Egypt in just two years tried to
conquer western North Africa – and were stopped for five
years by Berber tribes under by Dihya Al-Kāhina, a Jewish
prophetess of the Berber Djeraoua (aka Jerawa) tribe. In modern
times she became a symbol of resistance, with different Berber,
Jewish, and feminist groups claiming her as “their” heroine.