The name means "Lioness" in the Berber language, a reference to the Barbary lions
that lived in this region. Maghrebian place names
) which means "lion", and Souk Ahras
which means "Market of Lions" have the same etymological source.
The town had a population of 178,915 in 2008.
The town covered around 20.086.62 km²
Infrastructure & industry
The region is predominantly one of agriculture. There is a large airfield with a tower and terminal at Abdelhafid Boussouf
The province has been inhabited since antiquity, and there are numerous megalithic monuments. It served as a Roman
station and fort, Tingartia
Near Tiaret are the jedars
, which are ancient mausoleums
. The edifices demonstrate that the area was inhabited during the Late Antiquity
by a Berber
tribe(s) that could build in stone.
Tiaret grew up as a site under the domination of small Berber tribal kingdoms; the first of these being the Rustamid dynasty
between 761 and 909 when Tiaret served as the capital of the area. However, this capital may have been 10 km (6 or 7 miles) west of the present-day Tiaret. It was first founded by Abd al-Rahman Rustamid, an Ibadi
theologian from Greater Iran
. Tiaret was said to be relatively free-thinking and democratic, being a centre for scholarship that permitted a wide range of sects and movements, notably the Mu'tazila
. There were many Jews
living in the area until at least the 10th century, including the scholar and doctor Judah ibn Kuraish
who became the doctor to the Emir
Tiaret occupies a strategic mountain pass at 3,552 feet (1,083 m), and was thus a key to dominating the central Maghreb
. Later, from the start of the 8th century, it was the key northern terminus of the West African
branch of the slave trade
. As such, it offered a lucrative income from taxes on the trade, and was a desirable prize.
The Rustamid empire, which during the reign of Abdurrahman
(766–784) and his son Abdul Wahab
(784–823) extended over the greater part of the modern Algeria, was known as the Ibadite Empire from Abdallah ibn Ibad
, the founder of the sect to which Abdurrahman belonged. Seven princes of the Rustamite house succeeded Abdul Wahab until they were overthrown by the Fatimite
general Abu Abdallah al-Shi'i
From the year 911 Tiaret was fought over by a number of tribes, being first captured by Massala ibn Habbus of the Miknasas
in the year 911, in alliance with the Fatimid Caliphate
. Finally, in 933, it was in the hands of the Fatimids. After 933 Tiaret ceased to be the capital of a separate state. Most of the population was banished to Ouargla
and then escaped to the inhospitable M'zab
From 933 Tiaret attracted many Khawarij
Muslim settlers from Iraq
The modern town of Tiaret is built around a French redoubt of 1845. The new town attracted many settlers
from France and the area flourished. A 200 km (120 mi) narrow gauge railway
arrived in 1889, connecting the town to Mostaganem
- today, this rail line is defunct.
Thirty kilometres (18 miles) S.S.W. of Tiaret are the sepulchral monuments known as the Jedars.
The name is given to a number of sepulchral monuments placed on hill-tops. A rectangular or square podium is in each case surmounted by a pyramid. The tombs date from the 5th to the 7th century, and lie in two distinct groups between Tiaret and Frenda
("ford of the flat stones"), a peninsula in the valley of the river Mina
not far from Tiaret, are said to be "vast numbers" of megalithic monuments.
In Tiaret, there is a Mediterranean climate. In winter there is more rainfall than in summer. The Köppen-Geiger climate classification is Csa. The average annual temperature in Tiaret is 14.7 °C (58.5 °F). About 529 mm (20.83 in) of precipitation falls annually.
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