Moroccan historian launches book on Ribāt da Arrifana in Aljezur

Ruins of the ruins of the monastery-fortress founded by Ibn-Qasî in the 2000th century were discovered in the early XNUMXs.

The book «Aljezur and the Ribāt al-Rayhâna in the history of the Gharb al-Andalus», by the Moroccan historian Ahmed Tahiri, will be released on the 4th of August, at 15 pm, at the Parish Council of Aljezur, in that village on the Costa Vicentina .

It is a bilingual edition, in Portuguese and Arabic, in a book published by the Association for the Defense of the Historical and Archaeological Heritage of Aljezur.

Ahmed Tahiri is a full university professor at the Universities of Hassan II of Mohammedia and Abdel Malik Essaaid, in the Moroccan city of Tetouan. He is also president of the al-Idrisi Hispano-Moroccan Foundation for Historical, Archaeological and Architectural Research.

According to the Association for the Defense of Heritage, the work comes, «from the historical perspective of virtually unknown Arab sources, specifically highlighting aspects related to Aljezur and his Ribāt da Arrifana, integrating them into the broader context of the Gharb Al-Andalus». It is, therefore, “an extraordinary work that allows us to reach the essence of what are today the cultural, territorial and human characteristics of this region”.

The remains of Ribāt al-Rayhâna, or Ribāt da Arrifana, located on the coast of the municipality of Aljezur, were discovered in the early 2000s by the couple of archaeologists Mário and Rosa Varela Gomes, brought to the site by José Marreiros, then president of the Associação de Defense of the Historical and Archaeological Heritage of Aljezur.

Since then, the ruins of the monastery-fortress founded by Ibn-Qasî in the XNUMXth century, they have been the target of archaeological excavations, but more than half of their total area remains to be excavated.

The Ribāt was classified as a national monument in 2013, but the land where it is located remains in the possession of private individuals, which has made its valorization and in-depth study unfeasible.

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