At one point, the 24-year-old's voice trails off and he laughs, pointing out that lately, he has been more used to speaking in Arabic.
- 22 September 2008
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- 15 September 2008
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The Gnawa brotherhoods have long scraped a living on the margins of Moroccan society by offering to restore health or good fortune through seances of trance and incantation.
- 08 September 2008
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A few years ago, the Moroccan feminist writer Fatema Mernissi published Scheherezade Goes West, a book in which she drew comparisons between the treatment of women in the west and in the Arab and Muslim worlds. Men in both societies, she concluded, oppressed their women, but in different ways: the west by only allowing youthful women to express their sexuality, and only in certain ways; Islamic societies by allowing sexual expression, but limiting women's physical space.
- 03 September 2008
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- 10 August 2008
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Islam and modern life merge in the intricate maze of Morocco's old city, but 'Balak!' -- beware the donkeys.Saida means "happy" in Arabic. When Saida Ezzahoui was a girl, she said her mother told her she was ugly, but it must have been one of those things mothers say in an attempt to prevent their daughters from being vain.
Because Saida is lovely, with dark curls around her shoulders and hazel eyes that are flecked with blue and green. Now 39, she has two children of her own.
She works as a guide taking visitors through Fez and into the Moroccan desert. A guide is your window into another culture, and when you have a guide like Saida, you are blessed, to use a word regularly invoked by believers of many faiths.
- 16 July 2008
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Yet most of the 400 Jews who converged on the Moroccan coastal town of Safi — some from nearby cities, others from as far as France or Israel — at a weekend pilgrimage said they felt welcome here.
While religious tensions flare in Jerusalem and beyond, in Morocco, Jews and Muslims say they nurture a legacy of tolerance and maintain common sanctuaries where adherents of both religions pray. Decades of emigration to Israel by Morocco's Jews and terrorist bombings in Casablanca that targeted Jewish sites haven't diminished the draw of these annual pilgrimages.
- 16 July 2008
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French Justice Minister Rachida Dati gave a guest lecture on Saturday (June 21st) at Casablanca's Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. The visit was the first of its kind for the minister, born in France to North African parents, as it provided her an opportunity to meet with the country's youths.
In an address entitled "Access to Rights and Citizenship", Dati expressed immense optimism and confidence in the capacity of Moroccan youths to build their homeland. Speaking of the 16 million young men and women who represent the budding spirit of Morocco, she noted, "You must take pride in Morocco, and show courage to develop your country. You have to work hard."
- 16 July 2008
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The two advocates battle violence against women while campaigning for their education and the ability to participate in politics. They are nonetheless separated by a divide that, according to both, makes it impossible for them to work together, weakening the drive for equality in the Middle East.
Idrissi, a secular human-rights activist, says Islamic tradition must not be allowed to influence laws governing social issues like marriage and divorce. Islamic militants, she says, "'want to base law on the Koran, something we think will inhibit women."