Ouazzane

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Ouazzane
ⵯⴰⵣⴰⵏ (Amazigh) وزان (Arabic)
Wazan
Ouazzane is located in Morocco
Ouazzane
Ouazzane
Location in Morocco
Coordinates: 34°48′N 5°35′W / 34.800°N 5.583°W / 34.800; -5.583
Country  Morocco
Region Gharb-Chrarda-Béni Hssen
Population (2004)
 • Total 57,972
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)

Ouazzane (also Wazan and Uessen) (Arabic: وزان‎) is a town in northern Morocco, with a population of approximately 57,972 (2004).[1]

The city is well known in Morocco and throughout the Islamic world by being a spiritual capital for it was home for many of the pillars of Sufism. It has been known also as “Dar Dmana”.

Many Jews of Morocco consider Ouezzane to be a holy city and make pilgrimages there to venerate the tomb of several marabouts (Moroccan saints), particularly moul Anrhaz, the local name for Rabbi Amram ben Diwan, an eighteenth-century rabbi who lived in the city and whose burial site is associated with a number of miracles.

During the Rif rebellion (leader Abd el Krim) in 1925 -1926 Ouezzane was an important supply base for French Army. Ouezzane was connected by an 600 mm gauge narrow gauge railway via Ain Dfali, Mechra Bel Ksiri to Port Lyautey, now Kenitra, forming part of the 1912 - 1914 French built extensive narrow gauge network of Chemins de fer Militaires du Maroc, the largest 600 mm gauge network ever existed in Africa with total length of more than 1700 kilometres.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Recensement général de la population et de l'habitat de 2004". Haut-commissariat au Plan, Lavieeco.com. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 

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Coordinates: 34°48′N 5°35′W / 34.800°N 5.583°W / 34.800; -5.583