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Demnat (Ar. Damnāt; Fr. Demnate) is a walled town in the foothills of Morocco’s central High Atlas Mountains with an important weekly market for the entire region and beyond. Located at the crossroads of trade routes connecting Marrakesh,  88 kilometers (55 miles) to the west, to Fez, and the Atlantic plains to the pre-Saharan regions, in a fertile, intensively cultivated region with extensive olive groves, it was favorably situated for commercial exchanges.

Demnat is famous for its grapes and the excellent wines once produced by its Jewish residents. The origins of…

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Sarah Frances Levin, “Demnat”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 24 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0006560>
First published online: 2010

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