Tangier
(1,998 words)

It was known in antiquity as Tingis or Tinga, a name most likely derived from the local Berber (Tamazight) language. Jews probably lived in Tangier during the Roman and Byzantine periods, when the town was a commercial center, but we have no record of their presence.  Nor do we have evidence of their reaction to the arrival of the Muslim armies in the seventh century, or to the upheavals that accompanied the process of Islamization. The negative impact of the Almohad persecutions on the Jews of Morocco in the twelfth century undoubtedly affected the Jews of the North, driv…

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Susan Gilson Miller, “Tangier”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 25 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0020930>
First published online: 2010
First print edition: ISBN: 978900417678, 3866



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