Tag: religion

  • Hermitage of Charles Foucauld

    High up on the Assekren, near the town of Tamanrasset in Algeria, is a structure that not only pays tribute to a great man, but continues his work today. It is a monument to the teachings and selflessness of Charles Eugene de Foucauld, who sacrificed his life for his religion, and the Tuareg tribe he reached out to. The Little Brothers of Jesus, who now work from the Hermitage of Charles de ...

  • Religious Sites

    With Islam being the dominant religion of Algeria, it comes as no surprise that the majority of the country’s sacred and religious sites are connected to the Islamic faith. One or more mosques can be found in virtually every Algerian town and city. While the primary purpose of a mosque is as a center of worship, it is also a place for learning and for taking care of matters relating to the ...

  • Great Mosque of Algiers

    Located on the Rue de la Marine in Algeria's capital city, the Great Mosque of Algiers is a superb example of Almoravid architecture, one of the few remaining in North Africa. The Great Mosque of Algiers, also known as the El Jedid Mosque, was built in 1097 under the direction of Sultan Ali ibn Yusuf (1106-1142), an Almoravid ruler. In 1324 the Sultan of Tlemcen, Abu Tachfin added the ...

  • Great Mosque of Tlemcen

    Visitors to foreign countries are often interested in the architecture and buildings that have survived through the centuries, as they reflect and represent the history of a particular city, and the country as a whole. In the city of Tlemcen, a magnificent mosque was constructed in the year 1082, which has retained its beauty and splendor, to become one of the most popular attractions in ...

  • Religion

    Islam is the official religion in Algeria and is practiced by the majority of the country's inhabitants. Sunni Islam or Muslim religion permeates Algeria in practically every aspect of life. Whilst not all followers are orthodox, Islam gives Algeria its cultural and social identity and its principles govern much of the nations ethics and behavior. Whilst Islam is the dominant religion in ...

  • Political Parties

    Algeria has in place a multi-party political system. In order for Algeria's political parties to gain power they often form coalition governments with those who uphold similar principles. What is a political party? It is a political organization that endorses a particular ideology or bases its standards on particular issues which have the goal of operating some sort of power, typically ...

  • Wedding Customs

    In Algeria, as in all Arab countries, society revolves around religion and the religious customs of Islam. Marriage in Algeria is taken very seriously and is considered by most as a sign of maturity. According to the Qur'an, marriage must be based upon love. Algeria's wedding customs amongst those following the Muslim religion are much the same as in other practicing Muslim communities.