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The Amazigh roots of St Exupery's 'Le Petit Prince'
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A fennec fox, the sand and stars, a baobab tree and a lad whose scarf unwinds to the length of a tagelmust, the face-covering turban worn by the nomads in the Sahara, are just some of the images that readers hold dear after finishing The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The reach of the beloved children’s classic—about a pilot who crash-lands in the world’s largest sand desert and meets a small boy from a far-off asteroid—is as vast as the Sahara itself. This year the story was translated for the 300th time since it was first published in French as Le Petit...
America’s (North African inspired) Zouaves
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In the months leading up to the Civil War in 1861, Americans were going nuts over a new kind of fighting force: Zouaves, Algerian-style fighters introduced to the Western world by the French during the Crimean War. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Members of the 114th Pennsylvania regiment wore Zouave outfits, including turbans, for this photo taken in August 1864 during the siege of Petersburg, Virginia. “A fellow with a red bag … for a coat; with two red bags … for trousers, with an embroidered and braided bag for a vest, with a cap like a red woolen saucepan; with...