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Sayyida Al-Hurra: Noble Lady & Pirate Queen
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Ruler and defender of Morocco’s coastal city-state of Tétouan, Sayyida al-Hurra was a woman of many identities. Her name—really a title—loosely translates “an independent noble lady,” but to her detractors she was a “pirate queen.” Hasna Lebbady, author of Feminist Traditions in Andalusi-Moroccan Oral Narratives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), counts her among the Andalusi-Moroccan heroines who populate the nation’s history and folklore.
The sixth and ﬁnal story in a series published in AramcoWorld takes place in the early 16th century, when Morocco offered haven to Muslim and Jewish émigrés in the wake of the fall of Al-Andalus to Christian Spain. Read on...
Arabic Calligraphy Meets Music
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The State of Book Production in Morocco
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Morocco is the fourth most active publishing country in the Arab World after Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon. The Arab world territory includes the 22 countries of the Arab League: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, KSA, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen. The yearly Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair) consolidated and shared some fact and figures about the Arab and the Moroccan book publishing market. THE ARAB BOOK MARKET THE MOROCCAN BOOK MARKET (in German) Ketabook is strategically located in the capital of Moroccan book publishing and has been serving academics and libraries worldwide since 2001. Ketabook also has a...
Travelers of Al-Andalus: al-Ghazal
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Published in AramcoWorld in Dec.2015 Written by Jesús Cano and Louis WernerArt by Belén Esturla The story, according to Córdoba-born historian Ibn Hayyan, is that when the amir of Al-Andalus, ‘Abd al-Rahman ii, assigned his court poet and trusted ambassador to a mission to the Byzantine capital of Constantinople, the poet tried his best to refuse. Independent, insubordinate, even impudent: Such moments were almost trademarks of Yahya ibn Hakam al-Ghazal, whose surname meant “the gazelle,” a name given for his extraordinary good looks and fleet wit. He was known for satirical verse and sharp epigrams that not infrequently...