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Mauritania
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In 1960, Mauritania, a French colony along the Atlantic Coast in West Africa, achieved independence under the name of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. The name ‘Mauritania’, once used as the name of the Roman colonies of North Africa (Mauretania), was reintroduced by the colonial administration to designate this western part of the Saharo-Sahelian zone, which was called in Arabic literature bilād…

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Catherine Taine-Cheikh, “Mauritania”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 19 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0206>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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