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  • The Aurès Mountains of Algeria

    As an extension of the Atlas Mountains, the Aurès Mountains are located to the east of the Saharan Atlas, stretching from eastern Algeria into northwestern Tunisia. The highest peak of the ...

  • Cheikha Rimitti: Musician for the People

    Born in the village of Tessala in Western Algeria on 8 May 1923, Saadia El Ghizania later came to be known as Cheikha Rimitti and was referred to as the mother and grandmother of Algerian ...

  • Algerian History: The Aghlabids

    The Aghlabids ruled as emirs Ifriqiyah, an area that encompassed the coastal regions of what is now Tunisia, Libya and eastern Algeria, from 800 CE to 909 CE. Although they nominally served as ...

  • Algeria’s Andalusian Classical Music

    The music genre most readily associated with modern-day Algeria is that of raï, derived from the folk music of Bedouin shepherds in Oran, and blended with aspects of French, Spanish, African ...

  • Aruj – Historical Sultan of Algiers

    Known in folk legends as Barbarossa, meaning Redbeard in Italian, Aruj (1474-1518) was an Ottoman Governor of Algiers and the Chief Governor of the Western Mediterranean region. He became ...

  • Chott Melrhir: Algeria’s Largest Lake

    Extending from the Gulf of Gabès on Tunisia’s east coast, through Algeria to the Sahara Desert, Chott Melrhir is a series of depressions created millions of years ago with the formation of the ...

  • The Life of Professor Mohammed Arkoun

    There is no doubt that Professor Mohammed Arkoun lived a colorful and fascinating life, experiencing more than most people would. However, he will always be remembered and respected for the ...

  • Saharan Oasis of Berriane

    Located in the north of the Sahara desert in the Ghardaïa Province of Algeria, Berriane is a medium-sized oasis town with lush palm groves creating a pleasant microclimate, supporting abundant ...

  • Rachid Bouchareb Highlights the Arab World in Film

    Rachid Bouchareb has never been intimidated by controversy, boldly addressing social issues and relationships between the Arab world and the West through the medium of film. His successes have ...

  • The Historic Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania

    The Royal Mausoleum of Mauretania is sometimes referred to as the Mausoleum of Juba and Cleopatra Selene, and can be found on the road that lies between the cities of Algiers and Cherchell. ...