5 Book recommendations to get a fuller picture of the diversity of Morocco and Moroccans

When I got my Peace Corps assignment to Morocco, I immediately sought out recommendations of books and movies from friends who had been there and especially Arabic professors who provided a more nuanced view on the history, culture, and politics. It was hard to find books and movies in the public library in my small… Continue reading 5 Book recommendations to get a fuller picture of the diversity of Morocco and Moroccans

Moroccan culture: Moroccan women’s dress, fashion, and beauty 101

During my 11 months in Morocco, I have enjoyed learning about Morocco women’s dress, fashion, and beauty. I find Moroccan traditional dress beautiful. I especially love the buttons. Before I had my own caftans, my friends lent me theirs and did my hair and make-up. It was super fun! As a child, I loved to… Continue reading Moroccan culture: Moroccan women’s dress, fashion, and beauty 101

Eid Al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice), village politics, and my sister’s visit!

September 24 was another major Muslim holiday called Eid Al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice), which commemorates when in the Islamic Koran Allah (God) appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son Ishmael to demonstrate his devotion to him. Though when Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son, Allah stopped him… Continue reading Eid Al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice), village politics, and my sister’s visit!