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Representations: Proverbs, Adages, and Riddles: North Africa
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The area covered in this entry is more accurately known as the Maghrib, which extends from Libya to Mauritania. The oral tradition of the Maghrib, particularly in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia, is identical as regards the popular philosophy. Differences are most often limited to names of objects or popular expressions specific to a certain region, which makes the identification of the country of origin of the various proverbs, adages, and riddles a futile exercise. Similarities are most specific…

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Bamia, Aida A., “Representations: Proverbs, Adages, and Riddles: North Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0635d>
First published online: 2009

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