Aurès Mountains

   It refers to the great massif of southeastern Algeria and the Saharan Atlas, with its highest peak being the yearround snow-covered Jabal Chélia (Shalya), reaching a height of 2,326 meters. Geographically the most important features of the Aurès are Oued Al Abiod (inhabited by the tribe of Ouled Daoud) and Oued `Abdi (inhabited by the tribe of Ouled `Abdi) engulfed between Jabal Mahmal in the west and Ahmar Khaddou in the east. The Aurès is home to the Chaouia Berbers. The Chaouia are sedentary and combine agriculture with pastoral nomadism. Because of its isolated and rugged terrain, the Aurès sustained resistance against the Romans, the Turks, the Arabs, and the French and during the war of independence (1954-1962).
   See also Numidia.

Historical Dictionary of the Berbers (Imazighen) . . 2014.

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