Tafilalet(1,217 words)

Tafilalet (Tafilalt; Ar./Berb. Tāfīlālt) is a fertile region in southeastern Morocco, situated in the Ziz River basin on the northern edge of the Sahara Desert. It is famous for its date palm industry, and is the patrimonial home of the Filālī (nisba or adjectival form) sharīfs (Cl. Ar. shurafā’; Coll. Mor. Ar. shorfa), the rulers of the  Moroccan Alawid dynasty since the seventeenth century. Tafilalet was also the name of an administrative district under the French.

Jews lived in the Tafilalet region at least as early as the end of the first millennium, when there was a Jewish community in…

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Moshe Bar-Asher. "Tafilalet." Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World. Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Brill Online, 2014. Reference. 19 December 2014 <http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopedia-of-jews-in-the-islamic-world/tafilalet-COM_0020770>



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