Azemmour (Azammūr, Azamor)
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Located on the central Atlantic coast of Morocco at the mouth of the Oum Er-Rbia River,  Azemmour (Azammūr, Azamor) was a destination for Jews expelled from Spain in 1492 and Portugal in 1496. Among the latecomers was the Adibe Family, who helped the Portuguese to take the city in 1513. The Adibes were rewarded by King Dom Manuel I with the local chief rabbinate, which became hereditary in the family. Many of the soldiers who captured Azemmour were converted Jews from Alentejo in southern Portugal, where Dom Jaime de Bragança, the expedition’s leader, had large estates. Some of t…

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Jose Alberto Tavim, “Azemmour (Azammūr, Azamor)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 11 December 2017
First published online: 2010



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