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Sahrawi activist Tecber Ahmed Saleh explains the origins of Sahrawi nationalism, 2019.

Sahrawi nationalism is a political ideology that seeks self-determination of the Sahrawi people, the indigenous population of Western Sahara. It has historically been represented by the Polisario Front.[1] It came as a reaction against Spanish colonialist policies imposed from 1958 on, and subsequently in reaction to the Mauritanian and Moroccan invasions of 1975.[1]

Its main opposing ideologies have been Spanish colonialism (Spanish Sahara, 1884–1975), Mauritanian irredentism (Tiris al-Gharbiyya, 1975–1979), Moroccan irredentism (Southern Provinces, 1975-present) and Pan-Arabism.

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  1. ^ a b Tony Hodges (1983). "The origins of Saharawi nationalism". Third World Quarterly. 5 (1): 28–57. doi:10.1080/01436598308419678.