Oujda
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Founded in 994 C.E. and located in eastern Morocco adjacent to the Algerian frontier,  Oujda (Ar. Wajda) sits upon the crossroads of the north-south trade route leading from the Mediterranean to Sijilmasa and the east-west route that links Tlemcen and Fez. The ancient Jewish cemetery of Qbūr el-ihūd testifies to the antiquity of the city’s Jewish community. The original Jews of Oujda may have been Judaized Berbers (see Berber Jews). As elsewhere in Morocco, the community later received an influx of Jews of Andalusian descent (Sephardim). With the establishment of…

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Jonathan G. Katz, “Oujda”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 30 May 2017
First published online: 2010



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