While much of the Middle East is now engulfed in conflict and repression, Morocco remains a curious anomaly: peaceful and open to the West, it has provided refuge for artists and writers for generations, and it remains an exotic destination for many curious travelers. The country has been influenced by an incredible variety of peoples—Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Berbers, Muslims, Jews, and most of Europe’s colonizers have played a role—and modern Moroccan society is no less rich and varied. In Morocco, Walter M. Weiss brings extensive knowledge of the region to bear as he travels the breadth and depth of the country’s social and geographical contrasts. Berber villagers of the mountains are for the most part still illiterate and consider their king to be divinely chosen, while businessmen in Casablanca’s towering offices dream of closer ties to the European Union. Weiss visits the settings of modern legends, such as Tangier, as well as the two medieval centres Fès and Meknès, and sees earthen kasbahs and Marrakech’s bazaar. On the way, he meets acrobats, Sufi musicians, pilgrims, craftsmen, beatniks, rabbis, and Berber farmers—a kaleidoscope of variety and cultural influence.
About the Author
Walter M. Weiss is a writer based in Vienna. Stefan Tobler is the publisher and founder of And Other Stories.
Table of Contents
The Gateway to Africa Coexistence in Morocco Paradise in this world and the next Hippy town and hotbed of resistance First Interruption: ça va? Only look! From the hammam to a full stomach, via hell The healing powers of the dead Second interruption: travel as a political choice Trip to the edge of time Moulay Ismail’s legacy Inside the bastion of power Living and praying in the white house Seaside snapshots Among acrobats, storytellers and poets An oasis of luxury and fashions Barren lands and iron dogmas In Hollywood’s holy land 52 days to Timbuktu Glossary