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Magrib

(both: mä`grĭb) [Arab.,=the West], Arabic term for NW Africa. It is generally applied to all of MoroccoMorocco
, officially Kingdom of Morocco, kingdom (2005 est. pop. 32,726,000), 171,834 sq mi (445,050 sq km), NW Africa. Morocco is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea (N), the Atlantic Ocean (W), Western Sahara (S), and Algeria (S and E).
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, AlgeriaAlgeria
, Arab. Al Djazair, Fr. Algérie, officially People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, republic (2005 est. pop. 32,532,000), 919,590 sq mi (2,381,741 sq km), NW Africa, bordering on Mauritania, Western Sahara, and Morocco in the west, on the
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, and TunisiaTunisia
, Fr. Tunisie, officially Republic of Tunisia, republic (2005 est. pop. 10,075,000), 63,378 sq mi (164,150 sq km), NW Africa. Occupying the eastern portion of the great bulge of North Africa, Tunisia is bounded on the west by Algeria, on the north and east by the
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 but actually pertains only to the area of the three countries between the high ranges of the Atlas Mts. and the Mediterranean Sea. Some writers also included Spain—especially during its period of Muslim domination—in the definition. Isolated from the rest of the continent by the Atlas Mts. and the Sahara, the Maghreb is more closely related in terms of climate, landforms, population, economy, and history to N Mediterranean areas than to the rest of Africa. The region was united politically only during the first years of Arab rule (early 8th cent.), and again under the Almohads (1159–1229). The Arab Maghreb Union was established in 1989 to promote cooperation and integration among the Arab states of N Africa; its members are Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia. Envisioned initially by Muammar al-QaddafiQaddafi, Muammar al-
, 1942–2011, Libyan army officer and dictator. He graduated from the Univ. of Libya in 1963 and became an army officer in 1965. In 1969 he formed, along with a group of fellow officers, a secret revolutionary committee and led (1969) a successful coup
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 as an Arab superstate, the organization is expected eventually to function as a N African common market, although economic and political unrest, especially in Algeria, and political tensions between Algeria and Morocco over Western SaharaWestern Sahara,
territory (2005 est. pop. 273,000), 102,703 sq mi (266,000 sq km), NW Africa, occupied by Morocco. It borders on the Atlantic Ocean in the west, on Morocco in the north, on Algeria in the northeast, and on Mauritania in the east and south.
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 have hindered progress on the union's joint goals.

Maghreb

, Maghrib
NW Africa, including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and sometimes Libya
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De-metaphorization thus simply means to be critically aware of the specific cultural elements that have already become an integral part of nature, such as "the drum for magrib prayers.
Egypt had hoped that all Arab states would refrain from signing the CWC to call attention to Israel's bomb, but the three Magrib states and Mauritania signed immediately.
Shutdown across Kashmir and protest from Asr to Magrib will be held across the territory and Islamic and Azadi Taranas in mosques from Magrib to Isha will be played.
They were assured that proper lighting and cleanliness of the same would be arranged and that there would be no load shedding from first of Muharram to Ashura, right from time of Magrib prayers to 12 o clock at night, at the identified sites and centres.
The baby's Jordanian father, who had stayed with the child when the rest of the family went out shopping, had briefly left the home to attend Magrib prayers in a nearby mosque.
HRH President of SCTA along with his escorts performed the Magrib prayer in the mosque before touring it and viewing its precious manuscripts.
No ceso--Yusuf--de reunir libros de las regiones del Andalus y del Magrib, y de buscar sabios, especialmente los de la ciencia especulativa ('ilm al-nazar), hasta que reunio mas de los que habia reunido ninguno de los reyes del Magrib antes de el.
The programme aims at distributing iftar packets to drivers who are in a rush before the Magrib azan, a time when chances for accidents are high.
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