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(Ar.: barr al-ḏj̲azāʿir ), modern term indicating the central part of northern Africa between Morocco in the West, and Tunisia in the East.

(i) geography.

Algeria comprises the central section of North Africa (also called Mag̲h̲rib, Barbary, Africa Minor, the Atlas region [cf. mag̲h̲rib ] and a large part of the Sahara, and has an area of 2,191,464 sq. km. Situated between latitudes 37° and 19° N., it is bounded by Morocco and Spanish Rio de Oro …

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Despois, J., Marçais, G., Colombe, M., Emerit, M., Despois, J and Marçais, PH., “Algeria”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 23 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0045>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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