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Algeria extends From the Mediterranean coast deeply into the heart of the Sahara, which constitutes more than four-fifths of the country’s area. The contemporary Algerian novelist Assia Djebar described this extraordinary environment as “a dream of sand.” Here, a strong Islamic influence affects most branches of Algerian society, along with the past French domination and colonial rule, during which the traditional Algerian culture was largely suppressed. These decisive events have led to a harsh struggle for independence, and the subsequent mobilization policies of post-independence regimes. An ephemeral and giddy society has emerged, whose cultural continuity has been deeply undermined after finding itself caught between a tradition that no longer masters total loyalty and modernism that is attractive yet fails to satisfy psychological and spiritual needs. However, the government has made increasing efforts to strengthen the native Berber, Arabic, and Islamic culture by giving money to open handicraft centers and by encouraging the traditional arts. Handicraft represents one of the major voices of expression of popular culture and is mainly manifested in textile production and ceramics. Furthermore, various types of music are native to Algeria, like raï (meaning “opinion” or “view”), which combines varying instrumentation with simple poetic lyrics and allows both men and women to freely express their inner voices.

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Cities in Algeria
Algiers

Algiers is a metropolis that has lived numerous lives: it was a Berber city, a Phoenician port, a Roman province, a Carthaginian center, an Arab capital, an Ottoman pearl, a French rationalist metropolis and today aims to become a modern...

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Algiers
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Batna

Batna, one of the largest cities in Algeria and capital of the Aures, is a fairly new creation founded by the French in 1844 as a military fortress.

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Batna
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Bouzeguene

Bouzeguene (alternatively Wizgane) is a Kabyle town in Tizi Ouzou Province

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Bouzeguene
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Constantine

Constantine is one of the world’s oldest cities, named the Arab Capital of Culture in 2015 and listed as an Algerian national heritage site.

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Constantine
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Oran

Steeped in a mixed and vibrant past, the port city of Oran has origins dating back to the tenth century, when it was founded by Andalusian explorers.

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Oran
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