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The city name means "father of the small alley" in Arabic.
The city is part of the territory of Zenata, a Zenata Berber tribe introduced in the area when the Almoravids conquered the region. In 1907, when the French arrived in Casablanca, they took up arms cons them, they did so without conviction and were the first to submit. It was part of the group Oulad Bou Rezq and are now part of the group Chehaouna, it is divided into 8 fractions: Ouled Sidi Ali, Khalta, Oulad Hedjala, Ouled Maza, Berrada, Beni Meghith and Ghezouan. The inhabitants also come from Ziaida, a Sanhaja Berber tribe, very hospitable to those who fled the Makhzen, she was very mixed and it is not uncommon to see one of them claiming Arab. The rest of the inhabitants comes from the Arab tribe of the Banu Hilal, installed by the Almohads and the Almoravids to the 12th century.
- "Villes et tribus du Maroc; documents et renseignements. Publiés sous les auspices de la Résidence générale". archive.org. Retrieved 2015-09-20.
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