“The Kabyle political organisation represents the ideal of democracy, as dreamed by our utopians. ”
– Ernest Renan, French writer, philologist, philosopher and historian.
Tajmâat is a Kabyle term for the public place and its root means to gather. In Kabylia the Tajmâat is a small agora on the scale of a village. Current affairs are managed there, we meet there to resolve conflicts, discuss and take decisions. It is an ideal of participatory democracy that operates according to an ancestral model of participatory speech and deliberation. Historically, the ranks of these assemblies were exclusively for men, but more and more women’s assemblies are being formed, giving them a voice and thus taking part in collective decision-making.