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Mhamid El Ghozlan
(300 words)

Mḥamid El Ghozlan (Ar. Maḥāmīd al-Ghazlān) is the southernmost oasis of the Draa (Ar. Darʿa) Valley of Morocco, located where the Draa riverbed bends southwest toward the Atlantic Ocean. It is situated on what was once a direct route to Timbuktu and long served as an important staging point for the trans-Saharan trade. Mḥamid has historically been populated by diverse sub-Saharan African groups, Jews, and Berber- and Arabic-speaking tribes.

There is no evidence confirming legends of an ancient Jewish kingdom in the Draa, but the Jewish presence in Mḥamid El Ghozl…

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Sarah Frances Levin, “Mhamid El Ghozlan”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 November 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0015260>
First published online: 2010

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