Walter M Weiss / Translated by Stefan Tobler

‘Weiss darts from café to kasbah with refreshingly frank observations of a culture prone to dazzling visitors with its exoticism.’ 
Times Literary Supplement

‘Weiss stumbles across an array of characters from acrobats and pilgrims to beatniks and Rabbis— the result is a gripping book with no filler whatsoever.’ 
Glasgow Herald Travel 


A kaleidoscopic array of influences – Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Berbers, Muslims, Jews and European colonisers – Moroccan society is as culturally rich and diverse as any in Europe or Africa. For decades it served as refuge for artists and writers; today it retains an exotic mystery irresistible for many travellers.

Travelling the breadth of the country, from the Berber villages of the mountains to the metropolitan centre of Casablanca, stopping along the way to explore the medieval centres of Fès and Mèknes, Walter M Weiss brings his knowledge to bear, illuminating the social and geographical distinctions that define this variegated land.

WALTER M WEISS has been the editor of several publications and traveled extensively, especially in the Arab world. He has been a freelance author since 1993. His publications in English include The Bazaar: Markets and Merchants of the Islamic World and Islam. An illustrated historical overview. His German titles include books on Syria, Morocco, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan and Oman.

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