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The bildiyyīn were Muslims of Jewish origin in the Moroccan city of Fez. Some of them claimed descent from ancestors who had converted as early as the thirteenth century, mainly in 1276, when there had been popular outbreaks against Jewish courtiers and officials of the Marinid dynasty in Morocco, but in most cases the conversions took place in the first half of the fifteenth century.

The members of this group were called bildī (Ar. from the city) because they did not have a traditional nisba (Ar. lineage or tribal surname), although many of them had the nisba al-Islāmī. They were also der…

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Mercedes García-Arenal, “Bildiyyīn”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 07 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0003500>
First published online: 2010

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