Flag of MauritaniaMauritania Listeni/mɔrɪˈteɪniə/ (Arabic: موريتانيا‎ Mūrītānyā; Berber: Muritanya / Agawej; Wolof: Gànnaar; Soninke: Murutaane; Pulaar: Moritani; French: Mauritanie), officially the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, is an Arab Maghreb country in West Africa. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean in the west, by Western Sahara in the north, by Algeria in the northeast, by Mali in the east and southeast, and by Senegal in the southwest. It is named after the ancient Berber Kingdom of Mauretania, which later became a province of the Roman Empire, even though the modern Mauritania covers a territory far to the south of the old Berber kingdom that had no relation with it. The capital and largest city is Nouakchott, located on the Atlantic coast.

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  • An online bilingual database with over 20,000 records from seven West African collections, including the manuscript libraries of the Institut Mauritanien de Recherche Scientifique, Northwestern University and the Centre Ahmad Baba in Timbuktu. West African Arabic Manuscript Database
  • Full-text document on the history of Mauritania by Prof. Hamahou Allah Ould Salem at the University of Nouakchott.Histoire de la Mauritanie


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