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Kenitra Hosts 2nd Regional Books Exposition to Encourage Reading in Morocco

By Ouassima Boujrad Fez - In the light of the Ministry of Culture’s plans to stimulate reading skills in Morocco, the regional protectorate of culture in the Bni Hassan region, West Shrarda, in Kenitra, has organized the second Regional Books Exposition, to be held from Friday, September 12 through Wednesday, September 17, 2014.  According to the Ministry of Culture, the celebration will begin on Friday at ...

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Saudi Author Reveals Why Gulf Men Are Obsessed with Moroccan Women

Rabat- A Saudi author has reportedly revealed in an article that Gulf men prefer Moroccan women rather than Middle Eastern women, due to the special charm they hold, saying Gulf women are themselves to blame rather than faulting the Gulf men for favoring Moroccans. In the Middle East, the majority of women believe in the stereotypes that label Moroccan women as scheming witches plotting to ensnare rich Kuwa ...

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Saad El Othmani’s Book Plagiarized by Algerian Univ. Teacher

Taroudant- Saad El Othmani, former Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, was victim of plagiarism on the part of a university teacher in Algeria. According to Attajdid, the Arabic media outlet of the Movement of Unity and Reform, El Othmani said that some teachers and researchers in Algeria have copied pages of his book "The Behavior of the Prophet vis-à-vis the Imamate" (book published in A ...

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Creation of award dedicated to late Mohamed Choukri

Tangiers  -  The Mohamed Choukri Foundation announced on Friday the creation of an international award dedicated to Moroccan writer late Mohamed Choukri which will be awarded every year to creative writings in Morocco and worldwide. Entitled "Mohamed Choukri International Prize", the award will be granted during the Twiza fest which is held on a regular basis in Tangiers, said president of the Mohamed Chouk ...

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“Multiculturalism and Democracy in North Africa after the Arab Spring,” A new book by Moha Ennaji

Fez - The prestigious British publishing house, Routledge, has just published a collective book entitled "Multiculturalism and Democracy in North Africa: Aftermath of the Arab Spring," edited by Moroccan university professor Moha Ennaji. This book of 312 pages sheds light on the state of democracy in North Africa. It provides readers with a detailed understanding of the issues of cultural diversity and demo ...

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Richard Hamilton: Preserving the Storytelling Tradition

Marrakech - Richard Hamilton has worked for the BBC World Service as a broadcast journalist since 1998, including being a correspondent in Morocco, South Africa and Madagascar. He also reports for BBC TV, radio and online. While living in Morocco, he co-authored the Time Out Guide to Marrakech and has written throughout his career for magazines and newspapers such as Conde Nast Traveller and The Times. He h ...

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Mohamed Choukri and the Wretched of the Earth

By Wafa Idmessaoud Agadir - Born during a drastic famine in the Rif in 1935, Mohamed Choukri migrated with his parents to the city of Tangiers in 1942 where he lived most of his life. He held a variety of jobs—such as a shoe shiner, a smuggler, a greengrocer, a male prostitute, among others—to supplement his tyrannical father’s weak income. In 1955, at the age of twenty, Choukri managed to procure a place a ...

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Paris Syndrome: a New Novel by Tahir Shah

Marrakech - Novelist explorer and entrepeneur Tahir Shah, who lives in Casablanca at the Caliph’s House which he renovated and wrote about is publishing his latest novel Paris Syndrome which was released as an ebook and on line on 16 June this year. On her 5th birthday Miki Suziki is told a tale about Paris by her aged grandfather who visited it in his youth. His story, related in stages, fires Miki’s imagi ...

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Jesus Never called Himself God: American Scholar

Washington- In Bart Ehrman’s latest book, he examines how a Jewish preacher from Galilee became God and comes to the conclusion that without this claim, Western civilization as we know it today would be completely different. Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an American New Testament scholar, has written more than 20 books, including fou ...

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Laila Abouzeid, A Moroccan Writer who loves her language

Goulmima, Morocco - Laila Abouzeid is the first female Moroccan author whose works are translated to English. Though an expatriate of her own country, she is one of the icons of Moroccan literature. As a woman who lived in post-colonial Morocco, Laila Abouzeid contributed to Moroccan independence by resisting French “intellectual colonialism” in a unique way. She was privileged to receive a BA in English st ...

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Moroccan Playwright Wins Tayeb Saleh’s 1st Literary Prize

Khartoum - Moroccan playwright Zakaria Abou Maria Abdelkrim won on Thursday Tayeb Saleh 1st literary prize (drama category) for his adaptation of the epic Tayeb Salah novel "Season of Migration to the North." In the novel category, the prize went to Syrian Taoufika Ali Habour and Egypt's Hassan Abdel-Rahman won the first short story prize. The jury, chaired by Moroccan critic Said Yaktine, had to choose bet ...

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The 20th Session of Casablanca International Book Fair Kicks Off

Rabat - The 20th Session of Casablanca International Book Fair is honoring the Economic Group of States of West Africa as the Guest of Honor among dozens of participating countries and publishing houses.  Over 70 Lebanese publishing houses are participating in the 20th session of the International Exhibition of Editing and the Book, which officially kicks off Thursday in Casablanca under the High Patronage ...

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