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Habous (Casablanca)

The Hubous (Arabic: الحُبوس‎ or حَي الأَحْباس), or colloquially Habous, is one of the older neighborhoods of Casablanca, Morocco. Its development dates back to 1916, in the early stages of the French protectorate. The neighborhood is a cultural and religious center for Casablanca and for Morocco, as it hosts the Moroccan Ministry of Islamic Affairs as well as bookstores of important Moroccan and Arabic publishing houses.[1] The many traditional and historic buildings also make the Hubous a popular tourist destination.[1]


The word ḥubous (حُبوس) in Arabic means a waqf (وَقْف), an inalienable charitable real estate endowment for Islamic religious purposes or charity. A Moroccan Jewish man named Haim Ben-Dahan apparently gifted the land to the sultan, who allocated it to the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.[2]


In 1916, almost a decade after the French invasion and occupation of Casablanca and four years after the official establishment of the French protectorate, General Lyautey's handpicked urban planner Henri Prost and his team decided to build a "nouvele ville indigène," a new medina near the sultan's palace to the east of the new center.[3]


  1. ^ a b "حي الأحباس". Retrieved 2019-05-11.
  2. ^ "حي الحبوس.. وجهة المثقفين للبحث عن الكنوز الفكـرية". مغرس. Retrieved 2019-05-12.
  3. ^ Hodebert, Laurent. ""Laprade et Prost, du Maroc à Génissiat, du sol des villes aux édifices", journal de l'exposition "De la construction au récit" au CAUE 74". Journal de l'exposition "De la construction au récit, être de son temps et de son lieu pour l'architecture du XXe siècle".CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)