The Shrine of Sidi Sliman al-Jazuli in Marrakech

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.

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Plan of the mausoleum complex of Imam Al-Jazuli in Marrakech.

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.

View of the shrine from space

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.

View of the mausoleum of Sidi Sliman from the street.

Public fountain (no longer functional) at the main entrance to the tomb of Sidi Sliman.

Stucco work over one of the doors to the Sidi Sliman complex.

View of one of the gates leading to the mausoleum of Sidi Sliman.

You can find out more about Al-Jazuli by clicking here and here.

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Professor of Geography at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco
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4 Responses to The Shrine of Sidi Sliman al-Jazuli in Marrakech

  1. Pingback: Presenting Morocco’s Imperial Cities | Eric Ross, academic

  2. yasmin says:

    Thank you, for the wonderful photographs, you have shared with us.

  3. Mubarak Ishaque says:

    May Allah Subhanahu Wattallah continue to shower His blessing on him. Ameen

  4. Zahida says:

    Thank you, Eric Ross, for your kind effort in bringing this info to all to benefit. We are leaving for the ziyarats in Morocco today from Manchester, UK. May Allah reward you.

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