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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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Islamist call for Algerian author’s death stirs outrage

Algiers - An Islamist call for author Kamel Daoud to be condemned to death for alleged apostasy has stirred outrage in Algeria, reviving dark memories of the country's brutal civil war. Salafist activist Abdelfatah Hamadache Ziraoui has called on his Facebook page for authorities to impose the death penalty against the author and to execute him in public. The call came after Daoud, in an appearance on Frenc ...

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New Book Discusses Western Media Discourse towards Political Islam

Fez - Political Islam has been criticized and condemned as a potential threat to the diversity and stability of world peace, particularly within the Arab nations. The so-called Arab Spring has brought about radical changes on political and social levels leading to the evolution of Islamic groups as newly and democratically elected entities. Western media lenses were not distant and voiceless but were omnipr ...

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Fatima Sadiqi Explores the Berber Dimension in Her ‘Moroccan Feminist Discourses’

Fez - Dr. Fatima Sadiqi is Professor of Linguistics and Gender Studies. She published her recent book "Moroccan Feminist Discourse" (260 pages) on September 18, 2014. The central idea of this book may be expressed in the following way: Berber, a historically women-associated language, is made official in the Moroccan 2011 Constitution: an unprecedented and unique event in the modern history of the country. ...

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Book Review: The Quran and the Life of Excellence

New York - “The Quran teaches that God does not change people’s condition unless they change their inner selves. The change has to occur inside us first, in our beliefs and attitudes, only then can it be seen on the outside.” This is the central thesis of The Quran and the Life of Excellence. In this remarkable book, Dr. Sultan Abdulhameed takes different verses from the Quran that teach methods of personal ...

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