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Algeria: tourism for everybody
    2017-December-19  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

James Baquet

For much of their history, the states of North Africa have exuded a romantic appeal. There is a seldom-used term that refers to these countries: “The Maghreb” embraces Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. It was also once called the “Barbary Coast” after its native Berbers.

Fabled Morocco, with its Casablanca (of movie fame); Tunisia, inspiration for the lyrics of “Night in Tunisia,” Dizzy Gillespie’s jazz classic: “Words fail, to tell a tale / Too exotic to be told / Each night’s a deeper night / In a world, ages old...”

Algeria, with its Kasbah. Fans of Warner Brothers cartoons may remember the romantic skunk Pepe Le Pew’s line, “Come with me to ze Casbah,” Well, the “Casbah” (or Kasbah) in question is a setting in the 1938 film “Algiers,” which features a character named “Pepe Le Moko.”

Although the word may refer to any fortification, Kasbah was a quarter in the titular Algiers, capital and largest city of Algeria, located on the country’s Mediterranean coast. Tunisia and Libya lie to Algeria’s east, Niger to the southeast, Mali, Mauritania and the Western Saharan territory to the southwest, and Morocco to the west. The Mediterranean is on the north, as mentioned, and its shores hold about 90 percent of the population of the country, because more than four-fifths of the country’s southern stretches are occupied by the Sahara Desert.

Algeria is Africa’s largest country by area, and the world’s 10th. Its population of around 42 million makes it one of the world’s least densely populated. That population is overwhelmingly Muslim, perhaps as much as 99 percent, and the people are Arab Berbers, members of a proud ethnicity that dates back to the classical era. Arabic and Berber are the official languages, though French is used in business and education, since Algeria was a French colony from 1830 to 1962.

Tunisia was also the site of ancient Carthage, a Phoenician colony which presented challenges to both the Greeks and the Romans. The so-called “Latin alphabet” was based on a Greek script which was in turn derived from Phoenician. Phoenician and Roman ruins are a major tourist attraction today.

Vocabulary:

Which word above means:

1. strange and fascinating

2. district of a city

3. location in a story or movie

4. method of writing

5. black and white animal that emits a bad smell

6. attraction

7. includes

8. from which a title is taken

9. taken from a source

10. emitted, sent out

 

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