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Goulimine (also Goulimime)

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Author(s): Ghislaine Lydon
Located in the Oued Noun (Mor. Ar.  Wād Nūn) region, the town of Goulimine (also Gouliminme) was founded before the fifteenth century near the ruins of Nūl Lamṭa, the eleventh-century center of the Almoravids (see Almoravids and Jews). The location of this oasis town on the northern edge of the desert south of the Moroccan sultanate gave it the nickname “Door of the Sahara,” reflecting its role as a crossroads of maritime and trans-Saharan trade. Predominantly inhabited by members of the large T…