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date: 04 December 2020

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This chapter traces the origins of the novel genre in Mauritania. It first considers the cultural and historical context of the emergence of the Mauritanian novel, focusing on its link to the rise of Nouakchott as the country’s capital. It then discusses the rise of the Arabic novel and the influence of the Nahḍa movement on many Arabic-speaking Mauritanians, including Aḥmad wuld ʻAbd al-Qādir, Al-Sunnī ʻAbdāwa, and Tarba bint ʻAmmār. It also examines the Francophone novel. The chapter concludes by reflecting on the future of the Mauritanian novel, noting that Mauritanian literature suffers from marginalization in the Arab world and neglect on the part of academics and critics.

Keywords: Mauritania, Mauritanian novel, Nouakchott, Arabic novel, Nahḍa, Francophone novel, Mauritanian literature, Aḥmad wuld ʻAbd al-Qādir

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