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The Algeria Cultural Identity

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Algeria is a North African Mediterranean Country, dominantly populated by Sunni Muslims. Multiple Arabic and Berber dialects are spoken throughout the land. The majority of North African countries have defined cultural identifies, however Algeria lacks a firm cultural foundation and has become somewhat of a piecemeal (Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, 2011). Algeria was not always been independent and has been a part of several border and authority changes. Since its independency, Algeria has struggled to define its cultural identity. Several strategies have been employed to gain ground on its identity, such as promoting a policy of Arabization, loosening up the economy, and opening their political sphere. “Today the Algerian government seeks not only to sustain the recent ebb in violence and insecurity but also to promote greater unity within the country” (Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, 2011). Algeria is the most populous country in northwest Africa and is the largest country, in North Africa. The northern portion of the county screeches 998 km (620 mi) along the Mediterranean Sea and borders Morocco on the west, Tunisia on the northeast, and Libya on the east. Algeria is divided into three main topographical regions, coastal plains, High Plateaus, and the desert. Unfortunately, the majority of the country consists of uninhabitable desert. “Algeria has a total land area of 2,381,741 sq km (919,595 sq mi), almost three and a

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