Early Arab geographers referred to Morocco as Al-Maghreb al-Aqsa-"the farthest land of the setting sun." Today this country in the northwest corner of Africa-long a crossroads for trade from Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, and the East-retains a distinctly exotic feel, with its colorful mix of Middle Eastern, African, and Western cultures.
But Morocco is also a nation struggling to emerge from a difficult colonial past and a recent history of human-rights violations. If the country succeeds in its quest to develop stable and democratic political institutions as well as a vibrant economy-and to accomplish these goals without violence-Morocco may serve as a powerful example to the Arab world.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Foreign Policy Research Institute Harvey Sicherman 7
Place in the World 13
The Land 17
The Economy, Politics, and Religion 47
The People 65
Foreign Relations 103
Further Reading 122
Internet Resources 123