Tanas
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, conventionally Ténès, a town on the coast of Algeria (lat. 36° 30′ N., long. 1° 18′ E.) equidistant from Algiers and Arzew. This Berber town had near it in Antiquity a Phoenician trading-post and then a Punic landing-stage. Although the site has no protection against westerly and northwesterly winds, the mouth of the Wād ʿAllāla gives natural protection for ships. The different Latin names (Cartenna, Cartinna, Cartennas and the pl. Cartennae) suggest that there were two townships, the ancient,…

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Bencheneb, H., “Tanas”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 15 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1167>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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