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Journal of North African Studies
J N Afr Stud

ISSN: 1362-9387.

North Africa has rarely been treated as a cohesive area of study. Yet its historical and social links have always been strong with most of the countries in it having been part of the Ottoman empire. In part this has been because of its colonial past, with Egypt and Sudan under British control, Libya being first occupied by Italy, then administered by Britain and France, and the Maghreb states of Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania being part of the French colonial empire, with a Spanish presence in parts of Morocco and the Western Sahara. Today, however, the countries concerned are increasingly finding themselves sharing a common destiny. The Journal of North African Studies aims to provide a forum for scholars of and from the region. Its contents cover both country-based and regional themes which range from historical topics to sociological, anthropological, economic, diplomatic and other issues. It is the first journal to offer an opportunity for analysis of the historical and contemporary issues of what has become an important and coherent region of the Mediterranean basin which is also linked to the Middle East and to Africa and which is likely to play an ever more important role in the years to come.

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