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The city is named after the saint Mohammed Benslimane, whose shrine is located 1 km to the south ouest.
The city is the main urban center of the Ziaida, an Arabic-speaking tribe of Sanhaja Berber descent belonging to the larger Chaouia tribal confederacy. It has been a historical Souk for the tribe.
The first urban planning of the modern city dates back to 1907, when the French army founded a military camp, called "Camp Boulhaut" with the aim to control the Moroccan countryside. The implementation of the military will be followed by the construction of a residential area for military, forming the core of the city, that will then develop along the road to Bouznika.
- Ziaida (majority) : Berber origin from the Sanhaja composed of Guedamra, from Sidi Guedmiri (Chorfa of Tafilalet), Ghenimvin and Ouled Ben Sliman.
- Mdakra (minority) : Arab-Berber origin derived from Melilla, a branch of Houara, resulting from Meld and Aurigh, the Ahlaf from Slimane ben ben Nedji Omara, and from Ouled Cebbah from Ouled Akhdar, from Banu Hilal, resulting from Amar, grand-son of Riyah.
According to the 2004 census, the city had a population of 46,478.
The city is divided into several areas such as: Hay Nejma, Hay Farah, Soufal District, Lalla Meryem District, Hay Mohammadi, Jerusalem District, The Oaks District, Gardens District, Karima District, Hay Hassani as well as other administrative and industrial areas.
- Villes et Tribus du Maroc: Casablanca et les Chaouïa (op. cit.), Tome II, pp. 45-70
- Nadia Dref (9 March 2006). "Dossier de Benslimane : L'aéroport sera ouvert en avril " (partie "Ironie du sort")". L'Économiste (2230). Retrieved 26 January 2012.
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