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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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Meet the Young Moroccan-Canadian Novelist Intissar Louah

M’diq, Morocco - On the margin of her participation in AMA Access Leadership Festival in M’diq from 5th to 7th February 2015, the young Moroccan-Canadian writer Intissar Louah who is known as the youngest published author in Alberta gave MWN this interview. Intissar Louah who received huge encouragement for her writing talent in Canada (letters from Canadian ministers and officials, and a letter from the Bu ...

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ISIS Continues What the Mongols Started Centuries Ago

Casablanca - The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants destroyed Mosul's library books that date back to 5000 BC. "These books promote infidelity and call for disobeying Allah. So they will be burned," said an ISIS militant to the residents of Mosul as the extremist group reportedly packed the books from the Central Library, which was seized earlier this month. According to a whistleblower who wa ...

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Palestine, guest of honor at Casablanca’s book fair

Rabat - Palestine is the guest of honor at the Casablanca 21st International Publishing and Book Fair (SIEL), to be held from 13 to 22 February. Under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, this edition will honor and pay tribute to the culture of Palestine, with the presence of a delegation of 80 members, led by Palestinian deputy prime minister and culture minister, Ziad abou Amr. At a press conference chaire ...

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Muslim Moroccan Migrants in Europe: A New Book by University Researcher Moha Ennaji

Rabat - The prestigious American publisher Palgrave-Macmillan has just published a book entitled "Muslim Moroccan Migrants in Europe: Transnational Migration in its Multiplicity" by the Moroccan university professor Moha Ennaji. This book of 290 pages sheds light on the situation of Moroccans living in Europe, including Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK. It offers readers a synopsis ...

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