Ouazzane (also Ouezzane, Wazan, Wazzan) (Arabic: وزان) is a town in northern Morocco, with a population of 59,606 recorded in the 2014 Moroccan census.[1]



Location in Morocco
Coordinates: 34°48′N 5°35′W
Country Morocco
RegionTanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima
614 m (2,014 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (WEST)

The city is well known in Morocco and throughout the Islamic world as a spiritual capital for it was home for many of the pillars of Sufism. It has been known also as "Dar Dmana" ("House of Safety") due to its containing the tomb of the 18th-century Idrisi Sharif.[2]

Many Jews of Morocco consider Ouazzane to be a holy city and make pilgrimages there to venerate the tomb of several marabouts (Moroccan saints), particularly moul Anrhaz, the local name for Rabbi Amram ben Diwan, an eighteenth-century rabbi who lived in the city and whose burial site is associated with a number of miracles.

During the Rif rebellion (leader Abd el Krim) in 1925 -1926 Ouazzane was an important supply base for the French Army. Ouazzane was connected by a 600 mm gauge narrow gauge railway via Ain Dfali, Mechra Bel Ksiri to Port Lyautey, now Kenitra, forming part of the 1912–1914 French built extensive narrow gauge network of Chemins de fer Militaires du Maroc, the largest 600 mm gauge network that ever existed in Africa with a total length of more than 1702 kilometres.


  1. "POPULATION LÉGALE DES RÉGIONS, PROVINCES, PRÉFECTURES, MUNICIPALITÉS, ARRONDISSEMENTS ET COMMUNES DU ROYAUME D'APRÈS LES RÉSULTATS DU RGPH 2014" (in Arabic and French). High Commission for Planning, Morocco. 8 April 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  2. Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Wazzān" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 436.

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