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Andalusi Immigration and Urban Development in Algiers (Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries)

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All studies of urban life in the medina of Algiers present a number of difficulties, and the same is true of attempts to explore the conditions under which Andalusis became established there. For example, over half of the original surface of the city known to Moriscos from Granada in 1541 as al-Ǧazā'ir al- Ǧāziya, the "Muslims' protective enclosure", has since disappeared. In 1516 the Barbarroja brothers, called on to free Algiers from the dominion that the Spanish exerted from the Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera to the west, entered the city; three years later Algiers became the first city in North Africa to be subject to the Ottoman Empire. The building projects were the political-administrative center in the city's heart, and the pier; later efforts focused on restoring or building military barracks and repairing the fortifications.

Keywords: Algiers; Andalusis; Granada; Moriscos; Ottoman Empire



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