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Djelfa is a small city in north-central Algeria in the Ouled Naïl Mountains between the towns of Bou Saâda and Laghouat. It lies approximately 250 kilometers (155 miles) due south of Algiers on the Trans-Saharan Highway at the topographic transition between the dry, steppe-like high plateaus of the north, with their seasonal salt lakes (chott), and the Sahara desert to the south. The region boasts many oases, such as those found around Bou Saâda.

      Although the area has been long occupied by nomadic and seminomadic tribes, with Neolithic rock carvings in the surrounding hills dat…

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Danièle Iancu-Agou, “Djelfa”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 29 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0006720>
First published online: 2010

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