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Morocco Essay

888 words - 4 pages

Morocco is a fascinating country in Africa. My parents both originate from Morocco. I thought it would be interesting to learn where my family is from. Morocco is in northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and the Western Sahara.
Morocco has been the home of the Berbers since the second millennium B.C. In A.D.46, Morocco was annexed by Rome as part of the province of Mauritania until the Vandals overran this portion of the declining empire in the 5th century. The Arabs invaded circa 685, bringing Islam. The Berbers joined them in invading Spain in 711, but then they revolted against the Arabs. In 1086, Berbers took control of large areas of Spain until they were expelled in the 13th century. The land was rarely unified and was usually ruled by small tribal states. Conflicts between Berbers and Arabs were chronic. Portugal and Spain began invading Morocco this helped to unify the land in defense. In 1660, Morocco came under the control of the Alawite dynasty. It is a sherif dynasty—descended from the prophet Muhammad—and rules Morocco to this day under king Mohammed VI.
A large portion of Morocco is mountainous. The Atlas mountains are in the center and south of country. The Rif mountains are in the north of the country. They are mainly inhabited by Berbers. Morocco is an estimated 446,550 sq. km². in area. Compared to one of the states Morocco is slightly larger than California.
The estimated population is 31,627,428.Morocco has a diverse culture. Women in Morocco look after their homes, which means, you never find them working in restaurants or cafes. Men dominate the streets and places of business in this region. The influences of tradition and history reflect on the clothes worn by the Moroccans. The "Djellaba" is a robe that is commonly worn by the people in this region. The "Gandora", another popular robe worn by many people, is a short sleeved version of the Djellaba. The "Fez", a cap shaped like a flat-topped cone is commonly worn by men. The "Balgha", comfortable slippers made from leather are worn by most people. Moroccan cuisines are a mix of African, Middle Eastern, Arab, Mediterranean and Berber influences. Spices such as cinnamon, pepper, turmeric, coriander, cumin and parsley, are widely used all over the region. The people of Morocco love desserts. A dessert which is commonly consumed all over this region is "Kaab el Ghzal", which consists of almond paste stuffed in a pastry, coated with powdered sugar. Tea is widely consumed all across Morocco. The teapots in this region have curved spouts, which make pouring tea in tiny glasses relatively easy. Morocco's official language is Modern Standard Arabic. The country's distinctive Arabic dialect is called Moroccan Arabic. Approximately 80% of the population, speak the Moroccan dialect. The numbers of people who speak only a Berber language is very...

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