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Tripoli, Libya
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1.    General Description and History

Tripoli (Ar. Ṭarāblus, Iṭrāblus), located on the  Mediterranean coast of North Africa, is the largest city of Libya. It has 1.5 million inhabitants and occupies an area of 400 square kilometers (154 square miles).

In antiquity, the name Tripoli referred to the three-city polis of Sabratha, Oea, and Leptis Magna. Although it was founded by the Phoenicians in the sixt…

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Maurice Roumani, “Tripoli, Libya”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0021620>
First published online: 2010

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