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Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail
Malika Oufkir
1413226124

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Malika Oufkir has spent virtually her whole life as a prisoner. Born in 1953, the eldest daughter of General Oufkir, the King of Morocco's closest aide, Malika was adopted by the King at the age of five, and was brought up as the companion to his little daughter. Spending most of her childhood and adolescence in the seclusion of the court harem, Malika was one of the most eligible heiresses in the kingdom, surrounded by luxury and extraordinary privilege. Then on August 16th, 1972, her father was arrested and executed after an attempt to assassinate the King. Malika, her five siblings, and her mother were immediately imprisoned in a penal colony. After fifteen years, the last ten of which they spent locked up in solitary cells, the Oufkir children managed to dig a tunnel with their bare hands and make a daring...


Law, Society and Culture in the Maghrib, 1300-1500
David Stephan Powers
0521816912
Nov 2002
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Review
' ... paints a vivid picture of Muslim society in the Maghrib in the 14th and 15th centuries.' Cornell Chronicle
'[A] major contribution to the history of Islamic law, as well as that of North Africa ... For an understanding of that society and its history, his analysis is a gem.' Michael Brett, The Times Literary Supplement
'The book is a must for anyone who wants to understand how Islamic law functioned in practice after 287/900. The material ... is presented in a clear and systematic manner, not only making it accessible for the non-legal mind but also actually engaging the reader in such a way that one awaits the outcome with interest.' Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

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"...an exceptionally valuable addition to the scholarly literature on the workings of Islamic...


Morocco : From Empire to Independence
C. R. Pennell
1851683038
January 2004
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Book Description
This new book charts the exhilarating history of a country which lies at the crossroads of two great civilizations, an exotic world with a turbulent and dramatic past.


Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail
Malika Oufkir
0786886307
May 2002
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Book Review
At the age of 5, Malika Oufkir, eldest daughter of General Oufkir, was adopted by King Muhammad V of Morocco and sent to live in the palace as part of the royal court. There she led a life of unimaginable privilege and luxury alongside the king's own daughter. King Hassan II ascended the throne following Muhammad V's death, and in 1972 General Oufkir was found guilty of treason after staging a coup against the new regime, and was summarily executed. Immediately afterward, Malika, her mother, and her five siblings were arrested and imprisoned, despite having no prior knowledge of the coup attempt.

They were first held in an abandoned fort, where they ate moderately well and were allowed to keep some of their fine clothing and books. Conditions steadily deteriorated, and the family was eventually transferred to a remote...



Morocco Since 1830
C. R. Pennell
0814766773
Jan 2001
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Book Description
The first general history in English of Morocco in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Morocco since 1830: A History explores the profound changes that have affected social relations in Morocco over the last 150 years, especially those between the sexes, and between linguistic identities and cultures. Although the country has returned to roughly its pre-colonial boundaries, Morocco still suffers from the effects of colonization by France and Spain. Its current king, like the sultans of the nineteenth century, claims legitimacy through his leadership of the Islamic community, but there is a long tradition of dissent based on Islamic ideals. Morocco's history is also marked by the enduring presence of a large Jewish community. This comprehensive portrait examines the tactics used by Moroccan rulers to cope with...


Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood
Fatima Mernissi
0201489376
September 1995
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Book Review
In 1940, harems still abounded in Fez, Morocco. They weren't the opulent, bejeweled harems of Scherezade, but the domestic sprawl of extended families encamped around a walled courtyard that marked the edges of women's lives. Though born into this tightly sheltered world, Fatimi Mernissi is constantly urged by her rebellious mother to spring beyond it. Worried that Mernissi is too shy and quiet, her mother tells her, "You must learn to scream and protest, just the way you learned to walk and talk." In Dreams of Trespass, an enjoyable weave of memory and fantasy, it is clear that Mernissi's fertile imagination let her slip back and forth through the gates that trapped her restive mother. She spins amiable, often improbable tales of the rigidly proper city harem in Fez and the contrasting freedoms of...


Two Thousand Years of Jewish Life in Morocco
Haim Zafrani
0881257486
Jan 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
This history by a leading scholar on Moroccan Jewry is less a book than a collection of notes, observations and statistics, some of them enlightening, a few fascinating, but all presented as a mélange with so little attempt at organization that it's often unclear whether Zafrani is discussing present-day Morocco or some earlier historical period. This lack of clarity is exacerbated by a penchant for shifting tenses and his overreliance on the passive voice. It's difficult to determine whether Zafrani is writing for a general readership or for an academic audience . On the one hand, there are no citations or attributions beyond the occasional footnote. On the other hand, Zafrani assumes a familiarity with his subject matter that renders much of the book inaccessible to readers with only a passing...


Delacroix In Morocco
Eugene Delacroix, et al
2080135724


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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French


White Gold: The Extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow and Islam's One Million White Slaves
Giles Milton
0374289352
June 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
For this harrowing story of white captives in 18th-century Morocco, Milton (author of the highly praised Nathaniel's Nutmeg) draws primarily on the memoir of a Cornish cabin boy, Thomas Pellow, who was taken by Islamic pirates in 1716 and sold as a slave to the legendarily tyrannical Sultan Moulay Ismail. Pellow remained in Morocco for more than 20 years, his family barely recognizing him when he at last escaped home. Placing Pellow's tale within wider horizons, Milton describes how, during the 17th and 18th centuries, thousands of European captives were snatched from their coastal villages by Islamic slave traders intent on waging war on Christendom. Put into forced labor and appalling living conditions, they perished in huge numbers. As a pragmatic convert to Islam, Pellow fared better, earning a wife who bore...


Fez: City of Islam (Islamic Texts Society)
Titus Burckhardt, William Stoddart (Translator)
0946621179


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Martin Lings
'Titus Burckhardt is an authority whose works are a constant source of inspiration...the publication of this book in English is like the unearthing of a great treasure.'

Book Description
Fez: City of Islam is undoubtedly one of Titus Burckhardt's masterpieces. It conveys a profound understanding of the sacred roots that nourish Islamic culture and civilisation. As a young man in the 1930s, Burckhardt spent some years in Morocco where he became acquainted with several remarkable representatives of the spiritual heritage of the Maghrib. Although he committed much of this experience to writing, it was not until the 1950s that these writings were developed into a book. In Fez: City of Islam, Burckhardt writes of the history of a people and their religion—a history...


The Adventures of Ibn Battuta: A Muslim Traveler of the Fourteenth Century
Ross E. Dunn
0520243854
November 2004
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Review
Praise for the first edition: )

Eric Newby, New York Times Book Review
"A successful, scholarly, readable attempt to retell [Ibn Battuta's] story to a wider audience."

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A Year in Marrakesh
Peter Mayne
0907871089
July 2003
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Trickster Travels: A Sixteenth-Century Muslim between Worlds
Natalie Zemon Davis
0809094347
March 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Davis (The Return of Martin Guerre) performs a sterling service in disentangling the twisted threads of al-Hasan ibn Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Wazzan's fascinating life. Better known in the West as Leo Africanus, he was one of the Renaissance's greatest geographers and the author of a Europe-wide bestseller, The Description of Africa (1550). Born a Muslim in Granada in 1492, al-Hasan al-Wazzan traveled widely as an ambassador and merchant throughout Africa, a continent then a mystery to Europeans, but was captured by Spanish pirates in 1518, presented to Pope Leo X and ostensibly converted to Christianity while explaining Islam to his bewildered audience. Al-Hasan al-Wazzan had the (mis)fortune to live in "interesting times": the Ottomans were on the march, the Habsburgs were on the rise and the Protestants were...


The Rough Guide to Morocco 7 (Rough Guide Travel Guides)
Mark Ellingham, et al
1843533138
November 29, 2004
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Book Description
Introduction to Morocco For Westerners, Morocco holds an immediate and enduring fascination. Though just an hour’s ride on the ferry from Spain, it seems at once very far from Europe, with a culture – Islamic and deeply traditional – that is almost wholly unfamiliar. Throughout the country, despite the years of French and Spanish colonial rule and the presence of modern and cosmopolitan cities like Rabat or Casablanca, a more distant past constantly makes its presence felt. Fes, perhaps the most beautiful of all Arab cities, maintains a life still rooted in medieval times, when a Moroccan empire stretched from Senegal to northern Spain, while in the mountains of the Atlas and the Rif, it’s still possible to draw up tribal maps of the Berber population. As a backdrop to all this, the country’s...


Morocco
Marvine Howe
0195169638
October 2004
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Book Description
In Morocco, Marvine Howe, a former correspondent for The New York Times presents an incisive and comprehensive review of the Moroccan kingdom and its people, past and present. She provides a vivid and frank portrait of late King Hassan, whom she knew personally and credits with laying the
foundations of a modern, pro-Western state and analyzes the pressures his successor, King Mohammed VI has come under to transform the autocratic monarchy into a full-fledged democracy. Howe addresses emerging issues and problems--equal rights for women, elimination of corruption and correction of
glaring economic and social disparities--and asks the fundamental question: can this ancient Muslim kingdom embrace western democracy in an era of deepening divisions between the Islamic world and the West?

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Historical Dictionary of Morocco, 2nd Edition (African Historical Dictionaries, No. 95)
Thomas K. Park, Aomar Boum
0810853418
January 28, 2006
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Book Description
This book provides a comprehensive introduction, which focuses on Morocco's history, provides a helpful synopsis of the kingdom, and is supplemented with a useful chronology of major events. Hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on former rulers, current leaders, ancient capitals, significant locations, influential institutions, and crucial aspects of the economy, society, culture and religion form the core of the book. A bibliography of sources is included to promote further more specialized study.


Moroccan Interiors
Lisa Lovatt-Smith
3822847526
September 2005
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Book Description
This book explores contemporary interiors in the sun-soaked land that stretches from the Sahara to the Mediterranean: Morocco. The diversity is breathtaking: the rural pisé architecture of the south is a far cry from the Hispano-Mooresque ornamental beauty of the imperial cities. Moroccan interiors are as endlessly varied as the country itself, from the restored palaces in the medina of Marrakesh (where aesthetes of the international set now live) to humble troglodyte fishermen's homes at Sidi Moussa d'Aglou. The colorful palette of this country and the light there itself suffuse these very different homes with a vitality that is as distinctive to modern Morocco as it is a reflection of contemporary trends in décor worldwide. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The Road to McCarthy: Around the World in Search of Ireland
Pete McCarthy
0007162138
February 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
In the bestselling McCarthy's Bar, McCarthy had one rule: never pass a bar with your name on it. In Road it's: never pass a part of the world with your name in or on it. Thus this genealogist-cum-pint-swilling adventurer embarks on a frolicsome, drunken globe-trot to uncover the roots of all things McCarthy and in the process expose what it means to be a McCarthy and, by extension, to be Irish. It's a lively, lusty quest; McCarthy travels like a Renaissance explorer with a film director's lens. In Tangiers, he finds a Moroccan McCarthy who puts a unique spin on the term "black Irish." He takes in America's premier Irish event, New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade (which he finds more Celtic and American than Irish and not a little Scottish besides). Next stop: Tasmania, the penal colony where so many Irish were...


French Military Rule in Morocco; Colonialism and its Consequences (Cass Series--History and Society in the Islamic World)
M. GERSHOVICH
071464949X
November 29, 1999
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Book Description
On 14 August 1844, French and Moroccan armies collided at the Battle of Isly, marking the beginning of Morocco's incorporation within the rising orbit of European imperialism. A hundred years later, French and Moroccan soldiers fought side by side for the liberation of France. When resisting foreign domination, Moroccans demonstrated the same endurance they had shown when serving the cause of the colonial power which had gained control over them. The 27-year-long French conquest of Morocco was one of the longest and toughest challenges in the annals of European colonialism. Once occupied, however, Morocco became the supplier of one of the finest contingents of colonial troops. Both sides of this intriguing equation form the substance of this book. It presents a comprehensive analysis of French colonial ideology and...


Morocco
Patrick Merrick
1567667376
August 2000
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Book Description
Introduces the history, geography, people, and customs of the North African nation of Morocco.


The Conquest of Morocco
Douglas Porch
0374128804
June 22, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
Historian Porch tells the story of France's subjugation of Morocco at the turn of the century, which was to be France's last major colonial acquisition. Drawing on memoirs and other writings, Porch tells how internal challenges to the unstable rule of Sultan Abd ed-Aziz opened the door to the French. He also recreates the clash of cultures and evokes a background of life in Tangiers and the medieval interior of the country. Altogether this history is "appealing and brightly told," PW noted. Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Praise for The Conquest of Morocco:

"The conquest of Morocco was a great game--a picaresque war of modern times . . . Porch has brought it all back, including the Camel Corps and the never-never land of Sidi Bararni....

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