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The term aḥwāsh signifies several local varieties of a Berber village group dance found particularly in the Atlas Mountains and elsewhere in southwestern Morocco in which participants sing while dancing. Although historical evidence on the everyday life of the Jewish communities that lived for centuries in Berber areas is lacking (see Berber Jews), Jewish participation in the aḥwāsh as dancers, singers, and even as improvisers of lyrics has been witnessed in Tifnout, Tidili, Aït Bou Oulli, Ighil n'Ogho, and other Berber regions of southern Morocco.

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Mohamed Elmedlaoui, “Aḥwāsh”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0000990>
First published online: 2010

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