Mohammed Ben Aarafa
|Mohammed Ben Aarafa of Morocco|
|Sultan of Morocco|
|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|
|Father||Moulay Arafa bin Muhammad|
|Mother||Lalla Nufissa bint Glawi|
|Died||July 17, 1976 (aged 86-87)
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.
|Sultan of Morocco
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