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China Wants to Translate Over 25 Moroccan Books

Rabat - China is moving forward to translate 25 Moroccan books to Chinese, announced Hassan El Ouazzani, director of the Book Department at Morocco’s Ministry of Culture. Ouazzani made this announcement on the sideline of Morocco’s first participation in China’s International Book Fair 2015, hosted in Beijing. He said that Morocco’s ministry of culture will soon sign an agreement with China’s General Admini ...

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Paulo Coelho Defends Quran as ‘book that changed the world’

Rabat - Paulo Coelho, a world renown bestselling author, has publicly defended Islam by describing the Quran, Islam’s holy book, on his official Facebook page, as the “Book that changed the world”. The Brazilian author posted on August 8 an image of the Quran on his Facebook page with a statement saying, “Exhibition ‘Books that changed the world’”. Exhibition "Books that changed the world" Posted by Paulo C ...

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Laila Lalami wins Arab American Book Award

Rabat - Laila Lalami, a Moroccan American novelist and essayist, has been named a winner of the 2015 Arab American Book Award for her fiction novel, The Moor’s Account. The award honors books written by and about Arab Americans to generate awareness of Arab American scholarship and writing. The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami, published in 2014, tells a historical fiction story about a Moroccan slave and the ...

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Beach Library Sails to Moulay Bousselham, Morocco

By Bochra Laghssais Rabat - A beach library organized by Fernanda Sanchez, a current Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco, has opened in Moulay Bousselham, a town 99 km (62 miles) north of Kénitra. Morocco World News interviewed her to learn more about her project. MWN: How did you get the idea of doing this project? Fernanda Sanchez: When I first moved to Moulay Bousselham, I was surprised to discover that the ...

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New Book Explores Historical & Social Significance of the Amazigh Culture in Andalucia

Rabat - A Moroccan researcher, Moha Ennaji, has just published a new book that discusses the historical and social significance of the Amazigh culture in Andalucia, as well as methods of strengthening cultural exchange and fostering social peace. The book, titled “Amazighity and Andalusia: Right of Belonging and Hospitality,” focuses on the ways in which North Africa is an irreplaceable bridge between Afric ...

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Nicole Elgrissy’s Dames de Cœur sur le Carreau Hits Moroccan Bookshelves

By Hajar Jannad Rabat - Moroccan Jewish writer Nicole Elgrissy has released her latest book on Moroccan women, entitled Dames de Coeur sur le Carreau.  The book reflects the lifestyle of Moroccan Jewish and Muslim women coexisting in harmony and creating a peaceful world for both communities. It highlights the social values that characterize Morocco, including solidarity, sociability, tolerance, and cohabit ...

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The Djinn in the Skull: Stories from Hidden Morocco

London UK - Author Samantha Herron fell in love with Morocco many years ago. This led her to study Arabic and spend time living with an Amazigh (Berber) family of former nomads in the Draa Valley on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Morocco. She immersed herself in the language, culture and traditions of the country. Captivated by the ancient art of storytelling, which was alive and thriving amongst the comm ...

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Mark Zuckerberg Reading Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah

Rabat - Mark Zuckerberg has revealed his next pick for his A Year of Books project. Thirty-one year old Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, made a New Year’s Resolution to read an important book every two weeks this year and then discuss it online with the Facebook community. His eleventh book is “Muqaddimah” (translated The Introduction) by the Arab historian Ibn Khaldun. Ibn Khaldun is considered one of ...

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Morocco, Guest of Honor at Tunisia’s International Book Fair

Taroudante- Morocco will be a guest of honor at the 31st International Book Fair, which will be organized from March 27 to April 5 at the Kram exhibition center in Tunis, Tunisia. Despite the recent terrorist attack in the country, the Tunisian Ministry of Culture, the Tunisian Publishers Union, the Importers and Distributors of Books Union, and the Company of International Fairs of Tunis are determined to ...

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In Memory of Ahmed Tayeb Laalaj, Morocco’s Most Prolific Artist

By Khalid Majhad Rabat - His name is Ahmed Tayeb Laalej (1928- 2012) – arguably the most prolific artist of all time in Morocco, excelling as an actor, playwright, and lyricist. In commemoration of his legacy, I will introduce and analyze his classic song Mana Illa Bashar (I Am No Exceptional Human) that has gained incomparable popularity all over the Arab world, despite the inherent complaints about the in ...

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Casablanca’s International book fair drew over 340,000 visitors

Casablanca-  The 21st edition of Casablanca's International Book fair (SIEL), held on Feb 13-22, attracted more than 340,000 visitors compared to 320,000 in the previous edition, organizers said on Sunday. Held under the high patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, this edition saw the participation of 750 publishers from 44 courtiers, added the organizers. This year's edition featured a rich and diversified prog ...

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Moroccan Novelist Ahmed Madini’s Work Shortlisted for Arabic Booker Prize

Casablanca - The novel "Mamar Assafssaf" by Moroccan writer Ahmed Madini was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, known as the "Arabic Booker" prize. This shortlist was announced Friday on the sidelines of the 21st edition of the International Publishing and Book Fair (SIEL) which opened on Thursday in Casablanca. The novel tells the story of a city whose inhabitants are trying to liv ...

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