Some people will accuse me of being a regionalist, too proud and arrogant Kabyle, but I can safely say that tolerance stops at the borders of Kabylia. Beyond that is Kabul. Countries ravaged by fundamentalism and religious dogma. While in Kabylia parents send their children to the nursery, it is to the mosque that parents from other regions send their offspring. It has become fashionable. It is even a source of pride for these overly religious Muslims.
In Kabylia, whether you are a practicing Muslim, a Muslim of the month of Lent, a Christian, an agnostic, or an atheist, you are integrated into society in a natural way. What determines the value of an individual in Kabylia, is neither his faith, nor his wealth, nor his family name, but his behavior; his capacity to bring good to the community, his contribution to the management of the city.
With us, faith is a matter of individual freedom. Our ancestors, even though illiterate, understood this even before the dictionary included the word tolerance.
A woman riding her horse in a small Kabyle town in peace.
In Kabylia, religion is not part of the daily life of our peasants. It is towards the agrarian calendar that they have their eyes turned. Elsewhere, religion occupies an important place in the life of the citizen. It is to this that he turns at the slightest questioning, at the slightest fear, at the slightest event, banal though it may be. Religion is the key to all their questions. It is the solution to all worries even when it turns out to be outdated, such as when it comes to curing diseases or explaining strange natural phenomena.
Between Kabylia and the other regions of Algeria, it is not only the language that differs, it is deeper than that; aptitude for civilization. As Kabylia moves forward and tunes in with a changing world, other regions sink into the depths of fundamentalism, trapped in the past of a glorious Islamic state that is not one.
Kabylia and the other regions have taken two paths that cannot cross; they are diametrically opposed. One leads towards progress, civilization, and all the values that it entails, while the other, is a forbidden direction that leads straight towards a collision. Are we doomed to dissuade them from turning back to accompany us, or will we have to make our way without looking back? This is a question that deserves to be decided.