Said Ennahid

Said Ennahid (Ph.D., Arizona State University), archaeologist and Associate Professor at al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. Ennahid’s research interests include Islamic archaeology, art, architecture, and urbanism, medieval historical geography, and cultural heritage of contemporary Islamic societies of North Africa.


Authored books

  • 2011 Fez in World History: Selected Essays (Driss Maghraoui, co-editor), Al Akhawayn University Publications, Ifrane.
  • 2002 Political Economy and Settlement Systems of Medieval Northern Morocco: An Archaeological-Historical Approach. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, International Series No. S1059, Archaeopress, Oxford.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • 2017 Adding a Layer. Functioning Muslim Shrines at Archaeological Sites in Northwestern Morocco, (Eric Ross, co-author). In Perspektiven der Spolienforschung 2: Zentren und Konjunkturen der Spoliierung (Centers and Variable Intensities of Spoliation), Editors: Stefan Altekamp, Carmen Marcks-Jacobs, and Peter Seiler, Berlin Studies of the Ancient World, pp. 95–132, Edition Topoi, Berlin..
  • 2013 States, trade, and ethnicities in the Maghreb. In The Oxford Handbook of African Archaeology, Editors: Peter Mitchell and Paul Lane, pp. 817-827, Oxford University Press, Oxford..
  • 2011 Cities of the Almohad Empire. In World History Encyclopedia, Era 5: Intensified Hemispheric Interactions, 1000-1500. Editor: Alfred J. Andrea, Vol. 9, pp. 38-40, ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA..
  • 2011 Information and Communication Technologies for the Preservation and Valorization of Manuscript Collections in Morocco. In The Trans-Saharan Book Trade: Manuscript Culture, Arabic Literacy and Intellectual History in Muslim Africa, Editors: Graziano Krätli and Ghislaine Lydon, Library of The Written Word, Vol. 8, The Manuscript World, Vol. 3, pp. 265-289, Brill, Leiden-Boston..
  • 2009 “Chemical Analyses of Pottery and Clays from the Islamic City of al-Basra and Its Hinterland in Northern Morocco.”, Nancy L. Benco, M. James Blackman, Michael D. Glascock, Hector Neff, and Robert J. Speakman (co-authors).In Actas del VIII Congreso Interancional de Cerámica Medieval en el Mediterráneo (Ciudad Almagro del 27 de febrero al 3 de marzo de 2006), edited by Juan Zozaya Stabel-Hansen, Manuel Retuerce Velasco, Miguel Ángel Hervás Herrera, and Antonio De Juan García. Asociación Española de Arqueología Medieval, pp. 673-684, Vol. 2, Ciudad Real.

  • 2007 The Archaeology of Space in Moroccan Oral Tradition: The Case of Malhun Poetry. In Quaderni di Studi Arabi, Nuova Serie, 2 (Popular Arabic Poetry and Song; Guest Editor: Clive Holes; General Editor: Giovanni Canova), pp. 71-84.
  • 2007 An Archaeological-Urban History of Traditional Architecture in Morocco. In Proceedings of the 1st Euro-Mediterranean Regional Conference (Traditional Mediterranean Architecture: Present and Future), pp.89-91. RehabiMed Consotrium, Col.legi d'Aparelladors i Arquitectes Tècnics de Barcelona, Barcelona.
  • 2004 “Beyond Al-Basra: Settlement Systems of Medieval Northern Morocco in Archaeological and Historical Perspective.” In Anatomy of a Medieval Islamic Town: Al-Basra, Morocco, edited by N. Benco. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports, International Series No. S1234, pp. 79-91, Archaeopress, Oxford.
  • 2002 Access Regulation in Islamic Urbanism: The Case of Medieval Fès. The Journal of North African Studies, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 119-134. Refereed journal published by Frank Cass Publishers, London.

  • Book reviews

  • 1999 Book review of The Archaeology of Islam by Timothy Insoll. Blackwell Publishers, Oxford, 1999. Published in American Antiquity 64(4):715-716.
  • Research interests and expertise

    • North African and Middle Eastern Archaeology and History
    • City and Urban Life in Medieval North Africa Islamic Art, Architecture, and Urbanism
    • Medieval Historiography and Historical Geography
    • Islamic Manuscript Culture and Intellectual History
    • French Colonial-Period Architecture and Urbanism in Morocco
    • Culture and Society in Contemporary North Africa

    Courses Taught

  • Contemporary Islamic Societies of North Africa
  • North African Cities
  • History of Islamic Technology
  • History of the Arab World
  • Islamic Art and Architecture Islamic Civilization
  • Contact information

    Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane | School of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Avenue Hassan II P.O. Box 1886 53000-Ifrane-MOROCCO
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