Kabylie or Kabylia (Berber: Tamurt n Leqbayel, Arabic: منطقة القبائل), is a region in northern Algeria. It’s part of the Tell Atlas mountains at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. The area is populated by the Kabyle, a Berber ethnic group, the 2nd-most populous Berber people after the Chleuh in Morocco. They speak the Kabyle variety of Berber. Since the Berber Spring in 1980, Kabyles have been at the forefront of the fight for recognition of the Berber language as an official one in Algeria and for secularism (laïcité) in the country.