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Dilāʾ is the name of an area on the western slopes of Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains, located approximately 33 kilometres to the southwest of the city of Khenifra, which is best known as the site of the Dilāʾiyya Ṣūfī lodge (zāwiya). This zāwiya flourished as a scholarly, spiritual, and political centre during Morocco’s so-called marabout crisis in the eleventh/seventeenth century. The word dilāʾ is the plural form of the Arabic word dalw, which means water pail; its use probably refers to this area’s numerous freshwater springs. Despite its Arabic name, the Dilā…

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Schumann, Matthew, “Dilāʾ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_26026>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 9789004386655, 2019, 2019-4

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