Cities of Faith
Cities of Faith | Casablanca, Morocco
Season 1, Episode 23 • 20m
Casablanca is a vibrant and bustling city located on the western coast of Morocco. It has a rich history and culture that is deeply intertwined with Islam, which has played a significant role in shaping the city and its people.
In Islamic history, Morocco and the city of Casablanca have had a prominent role in the spread of Islam in North Africa. The city was founded by Berber fishermen in the 10th century, and it became an important center of trade and commerce under the Almoravid dynasty in the 11th century.
Over time, Casablanca developed into a major hub of Islamic scholarship and learning. Many renowned Islamic scholars and theologians, including Ibn Tufayl and Ibn Rushd, were born or spent time in the city. Casablanca also has a number of important mosques and religious sites, including the Hassan II Mosque, which is one of the largest mosques in the world and a major symbol of Islamic architecture and art.
Today, Casablanca remains a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with a strong Islamic identity. Its mosques and other religious sites continue to attract pilgrims and visitors from all over the world, while its bustling streets, markets, and cafes reflect the city's dynamic blend of traditional and modern influences.
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