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Bzou (Berb. Bzū) is a large Berber village in the Azilal region of Morocco, in the High Atlas Mountains. It is situated north of Demnat, on the way to Kasba Tadla and Beni Mellal, and is famous for its fine wool fabrics (jallābiya bziwīja), orchards, and olive oil.

The Jewish community of Bzou dated back at least to the eighteenth century. In the twentieth century, it consisted of about two hundred people who lived side by side with their Muslim neighbors in the same neighborhoods in an atmosphere of intimacy and fellowship. The Jews were mainly artisans, such as tinsmit…

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Yossef Chetrit, “Bzou”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 27 June 2022
First published online: 2010

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