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(a.), usually written Tell in European geographical terminology, means in Arabic “hill, mound, tumulus”, but has in the Mag̲h̲rib a specific meaning unconnected with archaeology.

According to Maurer, in Troin (ed.), Le Maghreb , the primary meaning in Arabic dialect is said to be “marly, grey or darkish soil” (cf. W. Marçais and A. Guiga, Textes arabes de Takroûna . II Glossaire , i, Paris 1958, 495: “sol gras et argileux”). By extension, it designates the whole region where this type of soil is found, and is contrasted on one hand to the regions of the h…

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Callot, Y., “Tall”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 17 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7369>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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