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The Hafsid Dynasty of Ifriqiya

Named after Muhammad bin Abu Hafs of the Masmuda tribe of Morocco, the Hafsid Dynasty ruled the area stretching from the west of Libya to the east of Algeria, known at the time as Ifriqiya. Muhammad bin Abu Hafs was appointed to the position of governor of Ifriqiya by the Caliph of the Almohad Empire at the time, Muhammad an-Nasir. The Hafsid dynasty ruled from 1229 to 1574, during which time they were constantly under threat of attack by the Banu Ghaniya –relatives of the Almoravids who had earlier been defeated and replaced by the Almohads.

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Acclaimed Author Boualem Sansal

Algerian author Boualem Sansal has achieved international acclaim and is considered one of the country's most important writers. He has been the recipient of a number of renowned literary awards and his novels have touched the hearts of many.

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Fossatum Africae – Reminders of Roman Empire History

Thought to measure 750 kilometers or more, the linear defensive structure known as Fossatum Africae was built during the rule of the Roman Empire as a measure to both defend and control the southern borders of its interests in North Africa. The four preserved sections of this historic structure are found in Algeria and neighboring Tunisia, remaining as a reminder of a time in history when the Roman Empire appeared to be unstoppable in its conquests.

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The Ahmed Zabana National Museum in Oran

Spending some time in the museums of your holiday destination is a great way to gain insight into the history and culture of the people who live there. In the Algerian city of Oran, the Ahmed Zabana National Museum is of particular interest, as it outlines the tumultuous history of the region when activists used many avenues to gain independence – a goal finally achieved in 1962 with Algeria's independence being declared on July 5 of that year. In addition to the history section of the museum, there are some interesting natural history exhibits, as well as the works of a number of Algerian and foreign artists.

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Bird Watching Destinations in Algeria

Algeria is a vast country with a range of different habitat types offering shelter and sustenance for a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. With the southern region of Algeria consisting mainly of desert, the majority of the thirty-one documented Important Bird Areas (IBA) are found along the coastline and in the mountainous northern regions of the country. In fact twenty-three IBAs are found in the Tell Atlas region, and with six IBAs in the El Kala region, east of Annaba and near the coastline, this is a popular area for birding enthusiasts. Lying to the south of the town of Constantine, the wetlands of Chotts Constantinois include five IBAs and are also worthwhile sites for bird watchers to visit.

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Algeria’s Delightful Dolphins

With the Mediterranean Sea forming the country's northern border, Algeria has access to a host of marine animals, some of the most fascinating being those belonging to the order Cetacea - whales, dolphins and porpoises. Taken from the ancient Greek word relating to the mythological sea monster Ceto, which was destroyed by Perseus, Cetology is the study and conservation of these magnificent creatures that are renowned for their amiable nature and high level of intelligence.

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Algerian Author Rachid Boudjedra

With his very first novel, La Répudiation, award winning Algerian writer, Rachid Boudjedra, gained a reputation for his explicit language and being outspoken in his views of Muslim traditionalism. In the literary world, he was hailed as a leader in what was seen as a new movement of experimental fiction. La Répudiation, which is said to reflect his difficult childhood, was banned in Algeria at the time of its release in 1969. Due to concerns for his safety, the author lived in France for a number of years, later moving to Rabat in Morocco, where he remained until 1975, before returning to his home country.

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Maghnia – Commercial Hub of Wadi Tafna

Formerly known as Marnia, the town of Maghnia is located in the Tlemcen Province of northwestern Algeria, just thirteen kilometers east of the border between Algeria and Morocco. One of Morocco's most important road networks, the National Route 6 (more commonly referred to as the N6) connects Maghnia with major centers in Algeria's neighboring country. Maghnia is the second largest and most important town in the province, with the town of Tlemcen being the capital and chief commercial center of the province.

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