Mohammed al-Hajj ibn Abu Bakr al-Dila'i

Mohammed al-Hajj ibn Abu Bakr al-Dila'i (died 1671) was the head of the zaouia of Dila.[1] He is the grandson of its founder Abu Bakr ibn Mohammed (15261612) and brother of the scholar Abu Abdallah Mohammed al-Murabit al-Dila'i (died 1678). He was proclaimed sultan of Morocco in 1659, after the fall of the Saadi dynasty.[2]

Mohammed al-Hajj was overthrown in 1663 when its zawiyya lost Fes.[2] He was defeated by the Alaouite sultan al-Rashid in 1668.[3][4]


  1. E. George H. Joffé, North Africa: nation, state, and region, Routledge 1993, p. 19
  2. Michaël Peyron, « Dila‘ », in: Gabriel Camps (dir.), Encyclopédie berbère - Chp. XV. Édisud 1995, pp.2340-2345 (ISBN 2-85744-808-2)
  3. Roger M. A. Allen, e.a., Essays in Arabic Literary Biography , 13501850, Otto Harrassowitz Verlag, 2009, p. 278
  4. Peter Lamborn Wilson, Pirate Utopias: Moorish Corsairs & European Renegadoes, 2003, p.87

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