Here is some information on a major shrine in Marrakech (from my archive of shrine-related work), the zawiya of Muhammad bn Sulayman al-Jazuli (d. 1465), better known locally as Sidi Sliman (he is also known by a posthumous title: Al-Qutb al-Kamil, “The Perfect Pole”). Al Jazuli was a member of the Shadhiliyya Sufi order, but he went on to establish his own branch of that order, the Jazuliyya. During his career as a Sufi, Al-Jazuli proved a charismatic popular leader. He also shook up Morocco’s political elite in his attempt to bolster resistance to the advance of the Portuguese in coastal areas. Al-Jazuli is reputed to be the author of the Dala’il al-Khayrat, a well-known book of praise poems to the prophet Muhammad. Many manuscripts of this work can be found in Morocco today.
In 1525, 60 years after his death, the remains of Al-Jazuli were brought to Marrakech to be buried in a mausoleum. Marrakech was the capital of the Sa’adian Empire and the sultan was keen to reinforce his religious legitimacy. Imam Al-Jazuli thus became one of the “Seven Saints” of that city, his tomb an object of pilgrimage. I used a plan of the shrine complex obtained from a colonial-era French publication, updated by a recent satellite image obtained from Google Earth, to draft this plan of the Sidi Sliman complex.
This is what the shrine complex looks like on Google Earth. You can download the Google Earth placemark (kmz file) for the Al-Jazuli shrine by clicking here.
And here are a few pictures of the exterior of the shrine (in Morocco, non-Muslims are not allowed to enter mosques or shrines). They were taken by my good friend and office-mate, John A. Shoup.