The Jews of Meknes knew that the old Jewish quarter - that of the Middle Ages - stood on the other side of the medina, at a place called At-Tawra, which is probably an abbreviation for Harat Ahl at-tawrat Of the followers of the Torah). Other Jews, probably the Spanish exiles, lived in the heart of the Moslem city, in the Rue du Fuseau, behind the mosque of Lalla Aouda, near the mausoleum of Moulay Ismail.
Moulay Israil shaved old merinid districts, erected great monuments and palaces and ordered the Jews to regroup in a new district that he had them buy. Construction was entrusted to his Christian slaves. This is the old mellah.
The diplomatic representatives of the time described this...