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Introduction: The Literature Of The Western Sahara
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The provenance of Arabic literature of Mauritania and the western Sahara can most simply be defined by geography: the authors and their works within a triangle roughly demarcated in the north by the south of Morocco, in the south-east by Timbuktu on the Niger Bend, and in the south-west by the mouth of the Senegal River at the Atlantic.1 It is also a region that is culturally and, until the 20th century, politically coherent. Unlike earlier volumes in this ALA series the region is largely populated by a …

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“Introduction: The Literature Of The Western Sahara”, in: Arabic Literature of Africa Online, General Editor John O. Hunwick, R.S. O’Fahey. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <>

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