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Marinid Fez: Zenith And Signs Of Decline

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Situated in the plain of the Sais, at the intersection of the major axes linking the different regions of the country, Fez was for centuries the capital of Morocco. The city was, it is true, lacking in a navigable waterway, but the Almohads had created a dockyard on the river at the place known as al-Habbalat, three kilometres to the east, and for a time small boats ensured a link with the Atlantic. One has relative abundance of information about this period which saw, at one and the same time, the city's zenith and the appearance of signs of stagnation, even decline. Historians, travellers, theologians, poets, and other scholars have left descriptions of the Marinid capital that have the advantage of supplementing one another. It also includes discussions of &t;Water: chief endowment of Fez, and its ornament&t;, &t;Dynamic minroties&t;, &t;Municipal&t; Institutions and &t;The Qaysariyya and the hegemony of trade&t;.

Keywords: decline; Fez; Marinid; Qaysariyya; zenith



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