1465 Moroccan revolt

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The 1465 Moroccan revolt refers to a popular revolt by local Sharifs in Fes who overthrew the last Marinid sultan.[1] The revolt marked the end of a 215-year reign (1244–1465). The sharifs formed a jihad, against the last Marinid leader, a Jewish vizir, Aaron ben Batash, appointed by Abu Muhammad Abd Al-Haqq. They subsequently put him to death, cutting his throat. Almost all the Jewish community of Fes were also slaughtered in the revolt.[2] As a result of the troubles in Fes, the Portuguese king Afonso V finally managed to take Tangier.

After the execution of Abd al-Haqq, Muhammad b. Imran, head of the Idrissid shurafas of Fes, was proclaimed Sultan.[3][4] However a "struggle for power ensued between the Idrisi shurafa and the Wattasid mujahids ".[3] He was in turn overthrown in 1472 by the Wattasid Abu Abd Allah al-Sheikh Muhammad ibn Yahya, one of the two Wattasid vizirs surviving the 1459 massacre.

Abu Abd Allah continued somewhat unsuccessfully to advocate Marinid policies.[5] The Wattasids were eventually expelled from Morocco by the Saadi sharifs in 1554.[6]


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