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Arabs refers to Africa as Ifriqiya which is the name given to the Eastern part of barbary while the Western part was called Maghrib, a name which is used up to date. Ifriqiya meant the Queen of Heaven. The continent was named Africa by Romans after they destroyed Carthage. After this destruction the Romans sought to united the whole continent and therefore they included the Barbary in it to name the whole continent as Africa. It is also suggested that the name Ifriqiya was named after Ifrigos bin Abraha bin Al-Raish who was the first to build the town of Ifriqiya right inside the Berber country. A famous Arab historian Ibn Khaldun asserts that the name Ifriqiya was given after Ifriqos bin Qais bin Saifi who was one of the Yemen Kings. Another hisotorian Ibn al-Shabbat asserts that the name come from the Arabic word Barik which means clear simple given to the countinent since it had not clouds in the sky.