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Ntifa (Foum Jemâa, and region)
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Ntifa (Ar. Nṭīfa) refers to a tribal confederation in the High Atlas Mountains whose settlement region extends south of Tadla, bordering Aït ʿAtab, Aït Msad, and Azilal on the east, Beni Mousa on the north, Sraghna on the west, and Tanant on the south. For most of the year, and apart from the cultivated lands near locally scattered springs and Oued El ʿAbid, the neighboring High Atlas plains of Bzou and Foum Jemâa are dry and barren. The geographic and climatic nature of the region explains its appellation of Ntifa (Mor. Ar. nṭaf connotes reaping herbs or plants by hand). Bzou and Foum Jemâa w…

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Aomar Boum, “Ntifa (Foum Jemâa, and region)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0016920>
First published online: 2010

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