Reading list inspiration for travel
Books & eBooks
- A Guide to MoroccoView on ApproachGuides.com* Morocco's four imperial cities - Fez, Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat - hold a magnificent collection of Islamic art and architecture. We guide you through the top sights in each city.
- Innocents AbroadView on Amazon A refreshing and funny travel narrative based on the famed author's writings from his 1867 steamship voyage to Europe, Egypt and the Holy Land. By Mark Twain.
- Islamic Gardens and LandscapesView on Amazon An academic, yet accessible review of the history, symbolism and function of Islamic gardens. By D Fairchild Ruggles.
- Lords of the Atlas: The Rise and Fall of the House of Glaoua 1893-1956View on Amazon Set in the medieval city of Marrakesh and the majestic kasbahs of the High Atlas mountains, the story of the Madani and T'hami el Glaoui, warlord brothers who carved out a feudal fiefdom in southern Morocco. By Gavin Maxwell.
- The Caliph’s House: A Year in CasablancaView on Amazon The highly-acclaimed story of the author's move from the gray skies of London to the sun-drenched city of Casablanca. By Tahrir Shah.
- The Food of MoroccoView on Amazon Far and away, the best introduction to the country's unrivaled cuisine. By Paula Wolfert.
- The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of MoroccoView on Amazon The author tracked down the last of Marrakech's famed storytellers, capturing stories that are replete with the mysteries and beauty of the Maghreb. By Richard Hamilton.
Articles & Academic Papers
- “Al-Andalus: The Art of Islamic Spain”MetMuseum.org Twenty-four international scholars contribute a wide-ranging series of essays and catalogue entries in which the art, architecture, and cultural climate of al-Andalus are approached from a broad variety of perspectives.
- “Architecture as Symbol and Self-Identity”View on Archnet.org A thoughtful compilation on symbolism in Islamic architecture by the leaders in the field.
- “Behind the Sandwall”View on London Review of Books On the heated Western Sahara conflict between Morocco and the Polisario Front of the Sahrawi people. By Jeremy Harding.
- “Inside the Walls of Fez”View on NYTimes.com The author discovers the rewards of exploring the Moroccan city's medina without a guide. By Melena Ryzik.
- “Islamic Calligraphy”View on MetMuseum.org An excellent, highly visual review of the subject by the renowned Harvard professor. By Annemarie Schimmel.
- “Marrakech Through the Eyes of An Artist”View on Afar.com A local artist's perspective on the city. By Gisela Williams.
- “Marrakech”View on george-orwell.org The author's impressions of the city. By George Orwell (1939).
- “The Case for Unconditional Handouts to the Poor”View on TheAtlantic.com No, they don't blow it on booze or drugs — at least not in developing countries. By Olga Khazan.
- “The Minbar from the Kutubiyya Mosque (Marrakech)”View in MetMuseum.org The definitive review one of the most impressive works ever created by Islamic craftsmen. By Jonathan M Bloom.
- “The Moroccan Deception”View on TheMorningNews.com A man follows his grandparents’ trek to Morocco—where the Alaouite Dynasty has ruled since 1666—to search for so-called “sacred music” amid a feedback loop of riots, arrests, and the promise of miracles. By John Davidson.
- “Vibrant”View on Economist.com Since 2011, Morocco has developed a thriving protest culture.
Online Sources & Blogs
- A 360 degree view of Tinmal MosqueVisit 360Cities.net An incredible view of one of the most important (non-functioning) mosques in Morocco.
- Guide to the Call to PrayerVisit ApproachGuides.com* Our quick review of the intoxicating, ever-present call to prayer.
- Islamic Prayer TimesVisit Islamicfinder.org Get up-to-date times for the five-daily prayer sessions.
- Morocco’s Historical Capital CitiesVisit ericrossacademic.wordpress.com Professor Eric Ross' site offers a detailed review of the development of the country's historical cities.
- Quran TranslationVisit Quran.com Offers English translations of all the chapters in the Quran. Invaluable for understanding the meaning behind the Arabic inscriptions you will encounter throughout your trip.
- Trade in MoroccoVisit atlas.media.mit.edu Excellent, highly-graphical summary of the country's exports and imports.
- Travelers’ Health | MoroccoVisit CDC.gov Get the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations for vaccines and medicines.
- World Bank | MoroccoVisit worldbank.org A great resource for the country's quality of living indicators, economy and climate change data.
- Gnawa and Moroccan Mystical MusicsListen on international.ucla.edu Learn about and listen to the music of the Morocco's Gnawa population, a mystical sufi ethnic group. Gnawa spiritual and religious communities are located mainly in the Moroccan cities of Marrakech, Essaouira and Fez.
- Religion, Gender, and Language in MoroccoListen on Soundcloud.com In this Harvard Divinity School lecture, academic Fatima Sadiqi sheds light on the pre-Islamic Berber language and religion in Morocco.
- Tea in MoroccoListen on ottomanhistorypodcast.com Atay, the sweet mixture of mint and green tea consumed throughout Morocco, is nothing less than a national symbol. A PhD student at Georgetown University explains how it became so.
- The Sounds of MoroccoListen to the Spotify playlist Listen to a personal collection of Morocco tracks compiled by Trip Reads founder Jennifer Raezer. The perfect pre-trip soundtrack.
Just for Kids
- Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of ColorsView on Amazon Wonderfully illustrated, this book magnificently captures the world of Islam, celebrating its beauty and traditions for even the youngest readers. By Hena Khan and Mehrdokht Amini.
- My First RamadanView on Amazon This engaging story follows a boy as he learns about Ramadan. By Karen Katz.
- The Butter ManView on Amazon. A warm family story of a father's upbringing in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, as told to his young daughter. By Elizabeth Alalou, Ali Alalou and Julie Klear Essakalli.
Who to Follow
- Twitter: Ahmed BenchemsiFollow @AhmedBenchemsi Moroccan journalist, editor.
- Twitter: Boutaina AzzabiFollow @Boutaina Dutch/Moroccan Independent multimedia journalist previously with Al Jazeera Media Network & AJ Plus. Currently in Morocco focusing on untold stories.
- Twitter: Mandy SinclairFollow @MandyinMorocco PR professional | Blogger: whymorocco.wordpress.com | Events gal | Music's always on | Arts and culture fan | Style's important | Instagram: @MandyinMorocco.
- Twitter: Middle East EyeFollow @MiddleEastEye For the latest news on Morocco.
- Twitter: Morocco News TribuneFollow @mntribune For the latest Morocco news
- Twitter: Richard HamiltonFollow @hamilr11 BBC Africa Editor, former BBC correspondent in Morocco, South Africa and Madagascar.