Western North Africa (The Maghrib), 1600–1800 A.D.

  • Western North Africa (The Maghrib), 1600–1800 A.D.



At the beginning of this period, the Ottomans rule present-day Libya, Tunisia, and Algeria, but the empire soon finds itself overextended. By the 1700s, the power of the Turkish governors sent from Anatolia is eclipsed by that of local military leaders, who rule with little intervention from the sultan in Istanbul; the Ottoman influence is instead felt in the arts of the Maghrib into which are integrated Turkish motifs. Morocco, just beyond the reach of the Ottomans, remains independent. In the mid-seventeenth century, the ‘Alawid/Filali dynasty replaces the Sa‘did sharifs, and continues to rule today.


“Western North Africa (The Maghrib), 1600–1800 A.D.” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ht/?period=09&region=afw (October 2003)