Moroccan professor, researcher, and author Mohamed Benchrifa died on Thursday night at the age of 88.
Rabat – Benchrifa’s funeral took place after the Friday prayer at the Achouhada cemetery in Rabat, Moroccan media reported.
Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani offered his condolence to Benchrifa’s family in a tweet.
Benchrifa “died … after [pursuing] a career marked by science and bestowment. He is the author of valuable works and research in language, literature, and the history of Moroccan and Andalusian civilization. May Allah have mercy on him,” El Othmani wrote.
توفي أمس الخميس الأستاذ محمد بنشريفة عن سن تناهز التسعين عاما، بعد مسيرة حافلة بالعلم والعطاء. وهو صاحب المؤلفات والتحقيقات القيمة في اللغة والأدب وتاريخ الحضارة المغربية والأندلسية. رحمه الله وغفر له وأسكنه فسيح جناته وألهم أهله الصبر والسلوان. وإنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون
— رئيس الحكومة -المغرب (@ChefGov_ma) November 23, 2018
Benchrifa was born in 1930 in Laatamna, El Jadida province, near Casablanca.
Benchrifa was a professor of Andalusian literature at Mohammed VI University in Rabat between 1970 and 1995 when he retired.
The researcher was among the first Moroccan students to receive a BA in literature in 1960 and Masters degree in literature in 1964 from the ٌFaculty of Letters in Rabat. He obtained a PhD in Literature from Cairo University in 1969.
Benchrifa was also author of several valuable books and studies.
The 88-year-old researcher was awarded several prizes, including the King Faisal International Prize for Arab Literature for his paper of “Arabic literature in Andalusia” in 1988 and the Maghreb Grand Prix for his study “Abu Tammam and Abu Tayeb in Moroccan literature” in 1987.
Benchrifa was member of the Royal Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco, the Royal Academy of History in Spain, and the Arabic Language Academy in Damascus.