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Zaouias

Zaouia, Zawiya (Arabic "corner"), zâwiya, a Maghrebi and West African term for an Islamic religious school or monastery, roughly corresponding to the Eastern term "madrassa". The zawiya often contains a pool, and sometimes a fountain.

 

The Hamadcha, Aïssawa and Gnawa Sufi orders are also very active in civic life.
Other zaouias which are linked to specific
crafts and trade include the Tijâniyya, the Darqawiyya and the Qâdiriyya.


The Zaouia Hamadcha
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See location on map below

Zaouia  Hamadcha

The founder of this Zaouia is Sidi Ali Ben Hamdouch (17th century).

Hamadcha

The moussem of the Hamadcha
broherhood is religious and maraboutic.
Drums (tbol), big drum (herraz), small drum (taarija), oboe (ghaita) and the flute (lira) are instruments used.

 


The green door to Zaouia  Hamadcha

The Zaouias have green doors beautifully painted gateways
and often a plaque with inscription of the name of the Zaouia.
They are found in different aeras of the medina.
Hamadcha

 

Zaouia Sidi El Ghazi

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Zaouia  Sidi El Ghazi

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Zaouia Aïssaoua

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Zaouia Aissaoua

The founder of the brotherhood of Aïssaoua is
Sidi Mohammed Ben Aïssa (1465 -1526).


Zaouia Sidna Bilal (Boulal)
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is found in the north east part of the medina.
It is the Zaouia of the Gnaoua brotherhood

Zaouia Sidna Bilal

Gnaouas playing their  qarqbas

 

Rue Sidi Leghazy

In Rue Sidi Leghazi in Baouakher
there are two Zaouias near each others.
Zaouia Sidi El Ghazi and Zaouia Aïssaoua

Leghazy plagque

This placard on the wall in a derb is
reminding people cleaniness and respect.


Zaouia Sidi Ali Ben Abdallah
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Zaouia Sidi Ali Ben Abdallah


Zaouia Kattania
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Zaouia Katania

 

 


Zaouia Sidi Jazouli

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Zaouia Jazouli

Zaouia Jazouli Detaiul of portal

 


Zaouia Tijania
Tijâniyya

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Zaouia Tijania

This Zaouia has two doors painted in blue
and in the middle of the wall towards
the Haddada there is a niche at the wall
which indicates the Qiblah which is an Arabic word for the direction that should be faced when a Muslim prays during Salah.

Zaouia Kadiria
Qâdiriyya
(Moulay Abdelqader)

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Mosque Kadira

Zaouia Kadiria


Zaouia Regraga

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Zaouia Regraga

 

 

Zaouia Jazouli Detaiul of portal

Detail of portal of the door
of the zaouia Jazouli


Zaouia Dar Damana
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Zaouia Dar Damana

 

Zaouia Darkaouia
Darqawiyya or Darqawa

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Zaouia Darkaouia

 

Zaouia Nassiria
(Nasiriyya)

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Zaouia Nassiria

 


Map of the medina and location of the Zaouias

Map of Essaouira - Zaouias

 

Hamadcha

     

Culture


Zaouias
 
 

External links

Zaouias
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Qiblah
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