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Abstract

Pandemics, power and religion in Morocco: Al Wattaseenera as a case study

The history of Morocco had several aspects that were characterized by instability on one hand and their realization on the other. The ruling of Al-Wattaseen is seen as a symbol of the spread of diseases and epidemics that negatively affected public life and the living condition in Morocco. The miserable situation that preceded it after the successive years of drought had repercussions on public life which made some elites, sheikhs, and powerful people take that into their advantage to gain more power or strengthen their influence. The article provides a chronological account of the various years and the events that accompanied them that changed the collective memory of Morocco. Colonialism played another role and tool control of political and economic life. This resulted in a change in the nature of trade.The most important effects of famine and epidemics is the spread of slavery. The most striking fact is that the value of the foodstuffs exceeded the value of people, making this period the worst period in the history of Morocco.

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