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Chenini berber village

The Chenini berber village of is a Berber-speaking troglodyte village in southern Tunisia located 18 kilometers from Tataouine.
Saint Augustine believes that Kenini, whose name derives from Kanaan, is the origin of the word Chenini. However, in the Berber dialect of Tataouine, the verb “chenna” means “to mix”.

The Berber village of Chenini is overlooked by a citadel ksar, or kalâa, perched on a hill at about 500 meters above sea level. It is a place of storage of food reserves and valuable goods which also served as a refuge in the event of an attack. Like the ksour of Douiret or Guermessa, it “enabled the Berbers […] to maintain themselves, while establishing relations of patronage and protection with the Arab tribes”1 who arrived in particular during the Hilalian invasions in the 11th century. “When the risk of invasion or looting became less important and with the sedentarization of the Berbers, the village began to develop on the sides of the mound and downwards” until the creation of the new village of Chenini around 19602.
Its white minaret once served as a landmark for caravanners.

Place of tourism on the ksour circuit of Tunisia, Chenini is also the name of one of the moons of the planet of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, many scenes of which are shot in the region.

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