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Also known as Filalis or Filalians. Family of religious notables who became the royal house of Morocco from the seventeenth century through the present. Claim descent from Muhammad. Migrated from the Arabian Peninsula to southeastern Morocco in the thirteenth century. Financed jihad against Christian holdings along the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts in the seventeenth century. Adhere to Sunni interpretation of Islam. Assert role as interpreters of shariah and are strong supporters of Islamic scholarship and education.

Subjects: Islam.

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