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From its founding in the late sixteenth century until the beginning of the French protectorate in 1912, Boujad (Ar. Abu al-Jaʿad) was the only settlement of significance on western Morocco’s Tadla plain and the region’s most important Muslim religious center. In addition to the descendants and clients of its founding ṣaddīq (pious one, saint), who died in 1601, Boujad was home to a Jewish community. There was no special Jewish quarter, and in local usage the term mallāḥ was used only to designate the place where the synagogue was situated. From the late nineteenth centur…

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Dale Eickelman, “Boujad”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 30 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0004560>
First published online: 2010

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