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The Rif
or Riff (Berber: ⴰⵔⵉⴼ Arif or ⴰⵔⵔⵉⴼ Arrif or ⵏⴽⵔ Nkor) is a mainly mountainous region of northern Morocco, as well as Ceuta
and Melilla, both in Spain. The Rif
has some fertile plains and stretches from Cape Spartel
Cape Spartel
and Tangier
in the west to Berkane
and the Melwiyya River in the east and from the Mediterranean
in the north to the Ouergha River in the south.


1 Etymology 2 Geography 3 History 4 Environment 5 See also 6 Footnotes 7 References 8 External links

Etymology[edit] Arrif means "the coast" or "the edge of the land" in the local native Tamazight language. Geography[edit] Geologically the Rif
mountains belong to the Gibraltar Arc
Gibraltar Arc
or Alborán Sea geological region. They are an extension of the Baetic System
Baetic System
that includes the mountains of the southern Iberian Peninsula
Iberian Peninsula
across the strait.[1] Thus the Rif
mountains are not part of the Atlas Mountain System. Major cities in the greater Rif
region include Nador, Larache, Tanger, Tetouan, Al Hoceima
Al Hoceima
(also called Villa), Imzouren, Midar, Ben-taieb and a few (small) towns Segangan
,, Selwan, Aâarwi, , Ajdir, Targuist (Targist). History[edit] The Rif
has been inhabited by Berbers since prehistoric times. As early as the 11th century BC, the Phoenicians
began to establish trading posts, with approval of or partnership with the local Berbers and started interbreeding thus starting a punic language, on the Mediterranean
and Atlantic coasts, and founded cities such as Tetouan, Melilla
(Rusadir) and, in the 5th century BC, Tangier
(called Tingi, back then). Later the Phoenician power gave way to an independent Carthage city-state, as the major power in the region. After the Third Punic War, Carthage was supplanted by Rome, and the Rif
became part of the province of Mauretania. When the latter was divided during the rule of Emperor Claudius, Tangier
became the capital of Mauretania Tingitana. In the 5th century AD, the region was raided by the Vandals, and Roman rule came to an end. The region remained under Vandal control until the 6th century AD when the Byzantines reconquered parts of it.

Flag of the Rif Republic
Rif Republic

In 710, Salih I ibn Mansur founded the kingdom of Nekor in the Rif
and Berbers started converting to Islam. Berber Muslim kingdoms started establishing more cities. By the 15th century, many Spanish Moors
were exiled from Spain
and most of them settled in Western Rif, bringing their culture, Andalusian music, and even establishing the city of Ashawen or Chefchaouen
(Accawen meaning "horns" in Berber). Since then, the Rif
has suffered numerous battles between Berber kingdoms, Spain
and Portugal. In 1415, Portugal invaded Ceuta
(Sebta), and in 1490 Spain
invaded Melilla
(Mlilt). There was a period of peace afterwards, but war between Spain
and Morocco
broke out again in 1859 in Tetouan, where Morocco
was defeated. The Spanish-Moroccan conflicts continued in the 20th century, under the leadership of Abd el-Krim, the Berber guerrilla leader who proclaimed the Republic of the Rif
Republic of the Rif
in 1921. The Riffian Berbers won several victories over the Spanish in the Rif War
Rif War
of the 1920s before being eventually defeated. The region was returned to Morocco
by Spain
in April 1956, a month after the latter gained its independence from France. Environment[edit]

mountains in the province of Ashawen

Moroccan Mediterranean
Coast (West Side) - Air Photo form Bades over El Jebha
El Jebha
to Tétouan
with Rif
mountains, Tangier- Tetouan
region (2014)

According to C. Michael Hogan, there are between five and eight separate subpopulations of the endangered primate Barbary macaque, Macaca sylvanus.[2] The Rif
mountains are also home to the honey bee subspecies Apis mellifera major. The Rif
region receives more rainfall than any other region in Morocco, with some portions receiving upwards of 2,000 mm (78.74 in) of precipitation a year.[citation needed] The western and central portions are more rainy and are covered in forests of Atlas cedar, cork oak and holm oak, as well as the only remaining forests of Moroccan fir, a subspecies of the Spanish fir.[citation needed] The eastern slopes receive less rainfall, and there forests consist mainly of pines, particularly the Aleppo pine
Aleppo pine
and the maritime pine, as well as tetraclinis.[citation needed] Massive deforestation due to overgrazing, forest fires, and forest clearing for agriculture, particularly for the creation of cannabis plantations, has taken place over the last century. This deforestation has led to soil degradation due to the washing away of topsoil, which has aggravated the process. See also[edit]

Riffian people Ghomara people Jbala people Oriental (Morocco) Taza-Al Hoceima-Taounate Nekor


^ Dan Davis, Commercial Navigation in the Greek and Roman World ^ C. Michael Hogan, 2008


Pierre-Arnaud Chouvy (2005) " Morocco
said to produce nearly half of the world's hashish supply", Jane's Intelligence Review C. Michael Hogan, (2008) "Barbary Macaque: Macaca sylvanus", Globaltwitcher.com, ed. Nicklas Stromberg

External links[edit]

Media related to Rif
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