The Oudaïas Tribe

Originally from the Sahara desert, this tribe was recruited by Moulay Ismaïl in 1677 to form his army. The Sultan then stations the troops in Fez and Meknes.

In the 1830s, their lack of discipline is such that they are mostly known for pillaging. Their chief is arrested by the Sultan Moulay Abderrahman and the Oudayas tribe is thrown out of the army.

As they revolt and menace to overtake Fez, the Sultan spreads the tribe out over the kingdom. Part of the nomad soldiers settle in the almost abandoned Kasbah in Rabat, between 1833 and 1844.

First urban center in Rabat, the Oudaïas Kasbah extends over 4 hectares.

 

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