Mohammed Ben Aarafa

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Mohammed Ben Aarafa of Morocco
Sultan of Morocco
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Reign 21 August 1953 – 30 October 1955
Coronation 10 December 1953
Predecessor Mohammed V of Morocco
Successor Mohammed V of Morocco
Spouse Lalla Hania bint Tahar
Issue Moulay Ahmad
Moulay Abdulhamid
Lalla Halima
House Alaouite dynasty
Father Moulay Arafa bin Muhammad
Mother Lalla Nufissa bint Glawi
Born 1889
Fes, Morocco
Died July 17, 1976 (aged 86-87)
Nice, France
Religion Sunni Islam

Mohammed Ben Aarafa, or Ben Arafa (1889 – 17 July 1976) was a distant relative of Sultan Mohammed V of Morocco (Arabic: محمد بن عرفة بن محمد‎); he was put in Mohammed V's place by the French after they exiled Mohammed V to Madagascar.

Installed in August 1953, he abdicated in October 1955, while Mohammed V was still in exile. The reign of this "Mohammed VI" was not recognized in the Spanish protected part of Morocco. Protests against Ben Aarafa helped lead to Moroccan independence, which was agreed to between France and Mohammed V in 1955. He died in 1976 in France. Mohammed V's grandson now reigns in Morocco as Mohammed VI, ignoring the reign of Ben Aarafa by using the same regnal number.

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Preceded by
Mohammed V
Sultan of Morocco
1953–1955
Succeeded by
Mohammed V