Definition of casbah in English:
1.1 (the casbah) The area surrounding a North African citadel, typically in the old part of a city.
- The casbah is surrounded by newer, European-style buildings.
- The center of old cities is the casbah (Arabic for fortress), a market of serpentine alleyways and intricate arches where a variety of traditional crafts are sold, from carpets to baskets to pottery.
- He notes, for instance, ‘In all the cities of the Maghreb, the casbahs are the indigenous strongholds, centers of tacit and at times active resistance to the European colonial presence ‘.’
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