|more than 200 000|
|Berber, Moroccan Arabic|
|Related ethnic groups|
History[change | change source]
The Beni Iznasen are a group of tribes of Zenata Berber origin. They were originally inhabiting near of Mascara, present-day Algeria, and migrated westwards in the seventh century CE, fleeing the Arab invasion of North Africa.
In the 19th century, they welcomed in the north of their territory a group of 4 Arab tribes of the Angad, who settled in the plain of the Triffa.
In 1859, the people of Beni Iznasen were the target of a French military expedition, directed by the general of Martimprey from colonial Algeria.
Territory[change | change source]
The Beni Iznasen land represents a triangular area bounded by the Moulouya river to the west, the Kiss river to the east and the Angad plain to the south. It thus includes the mountainous complex of Beni Iznasen and the Triffa plain.
The Beni Iznasen area thus includes the cities of Berkane, Ahfir, Beni Drar, Fezouane and Tafoughalt, as well as several rural villages.
Tribal composition[change | change source]
The confederation is made up of 4 main tribes:
- Ait Khaled
- Ait Mankouch
- Ait 'Atiq
- Ait Ourimech
Languages [change | change source]
The Beni-Iznasen speak Eastern Riffian, a Berber language, as well as Moroccan Arabic.