Alphonse Etienne Dinet is a French artist who was born in 1861 within a rich family in Paris. He traveled to Algeria, which was a French colony at that time; first in 1883 as a visitor but then he returned in 1884 to stay as a permanent resident. He fell in Love with the Algerian Sahara and in 1905 he chose to live in the beautiful city of Bou-Saada at the door of the Algerian Desert. He met an Algerian Friend (Slimane Ben Brahim Baâmar ) from the Berber tribe of Ouled Nail. Their friendship was so tight that it allowed him to be introduced among the people of his friend’s tribe. He succeeded to learn the local language, which helped him to be accepted into the intimacy of the tribe and be considered as one of them. He painted the daily life and the traditions of his adoptive people. He even decided to convert to Islam and changed his name to Nassr-Eddine Dinet. He went for a pilgrim to Mecca in April 2, 1929 and as he returned to France from his pilgrim he died in the same year in Paris. He was buried according to his final wishes in the city of Bou Saada among his adoptive family.
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