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, a region of Mali with an area of around 54,000 square km. It is bounded on the north by Mauritanian Hōd̲h̲, on the south by Beledugu and Fuladugu, and on the west by the River Senegal from the western branch of the River Kulu as far as the Baoulé junction. The rivers of this vast schistose plateau tilting to the south east flow into Senegal. The climate is that of the Saharan zone: a brief season of abundant rain followed by a very long dry season. The vegetation is wooded or shrubbed savannah. The land on the river banks often produces two harvests. The main crops are millet, maize…

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Cornevin, R., “Kaarta”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 23 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_3728>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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