Iznasen (Morocco)

Iznasen or Znasen or Znasniya (Berber : ⵉⵣⵏⴰⵙⵙⵏ, Arabic : زناسنية) is a moroccan zenati berber tribe established in the extreme north-east of Morocco, in Berkane province and Oujda province.

Iznasen
Drapeau des Znassen - Beni Znassen - At Znassen ♧ Berbères zénètes du nord-est du Maroc (province de Berkane).png
Iznasen flag
Total population
more than 500 000
Languages
• Zenati Berber
• Moroccan Arabic
• Others (diasporas)
Religion
• Islam
• Others (minoritary)
Related ethnic groups
Zenata

EtymologyEdit

Iznasen in the Berber Zenati language is the plural of "Aznas" which is made up of "Azn", which means "to send" and "As", which means "the Day". Iznasen literally means "Those who send (during) the Day".

TerritoryEdit

The Iznasen territory represents majoritary an area bounded by the Moulouya river in the west, the Kiss river in the east and the Mediterranean Sea in the north.

The Iznasen people is majoritary installed in the cities of :

In Berkane province :

  • Berkane
  • Ahfir
  • Saïdia
  • Reggada
  • Aklim
  • Sidi Slimane Cherra’a
  • Boughriba
  • Tafoughalt
  • Zegzel
  • Sidi Bouhria
  • Rislane
  • Aghbal
  • Jrawa
  • La'tamna
  • Madagh
  • Fezouane
  • Chouihiya

In Oujda province :

  • Beni Khaled
  • Beni Drar
  • Oujda

Tribal compositionEdit

The tribe of Iznasen is made up of four main tribes :

  • At Khaled
    • Oulad el Ġazi
    • Ahl Taġejirt
    • Beni Drar
  • At 'Atiq
    • Tġasrout
    • Ouled 'Ali ben Yassin
    • Beni Amiyer
    • Beni Hammad
    • Tazaghine
    • Beni Moussi La'tach
    • Beni Moussi Rwa
    • Ouled Mimoun
    • Beni Bouya'la
  • At Ourimech
    • Ouled Bou 'Abdoussayed
    • Ouled 'Ali Chbab
    • Ouled Abbou
    • Ahl Tagma
    • Beni Nouga
    • Beni Mahiou
  • At Menqouch
    • Labsara
    • Beni Khellouf
    • Beni Mimoun

LanguagesEdit

The Iznasen tribe speaks Moroccan Arabic as well the Zenati Berber dialect.

RéférencesEdit