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ZENATA, or ZANAxA, a Berber tribe of Morocco in the district of the central Atlas. Their tribal home seems to have been south of Oran in Algeria, and they seem to have early claimed an Arab origin, though it was alleged by the Arabs that they were descendants of Goliath, i.e. Philistines or Phoenicians (Ibn Khaldun, vol. iii. p. 184 and vol. iv. p. S9?)- They were formerly a large and powerful confederation, and took a prominent part in the history of the Berber race. The BeniMarin and Wattasi dynasties which reigned in Morocco from 1213 to 1548 were of Zenata origin.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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