Mozabite language

Native to Algeria
Region M'zab (wilaya of Ghardaïa)
Ethnicity Mozabite
Native speakers
150,000 (2010)[1]
Arabic alphabet, Tifinagh, Berber Latin alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mzb
Glottolog tumz1238[2]
Berber-speaking areas of the Mzab, Ouargla, and Oued Righ

Mozabite, or Tunżabt, is a Berber dialect spoken by the Mozabites, an Ibadi Berber group inhabiting the seven cities of the M'zab natural region in the northern Saharan Algeria. It is also spoken by small numbers of Mozabite emigrants in other local cities and elsewhere. Mozabite is one of the Mzab–Wargla languages, a dialect cluster of the Zenati languages. It is very closely related to the nearby Berber dialects of Ouargla and Oued Righ as well as the more distant Gourara.


  • ابراهيم و بكير عبد السلام. الوجيز في قواعد الكتابة و النحو للغة الأمازيغية "المزابية". المطبعة العرببة: غرداية 1996.
  • Delheure, Jean. Aǧraw n Yiwalen Tumẓabt d-Tefṛansist = Dictionnaire Mozabite–Francais. SELAF:Paris 1984.


  1. Mozabite at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Tumzabt". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
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