Books on Morocco, Islam and the Arab Culture

As part of my process to understand more about the country I am serving in, here is a list of books I have read (updated as regularly as possible).

A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani

A House in Fez by Suzanna Clark

All Strangers are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World by Zora O’Neill

An Anthology of Tashelhiyt Berber Folktales by Harry Stroomer

An Introduction to Islam by David Waines

Beyond the Veil: Male-Female Dynamics in Modern Muslim Society by Fatema Mernissi

Caravans by James Michener

Casablanca Blues by Tahir Shah

The Conquest of Morocco by Douglas Porch

Culture Shock! Morocco by Orin Hargraves

Culture Smart! Morocco by Jillian York

Descent into Chaos by Ahmed Rashid

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary

Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East by Donna Lee Bowen

Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

House of Tears; Westerners’ Adenture in Islamic Lands

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami

If the Ocean’s Were Ink by Carla Power

In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams by Tahir Shah

The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco by Richard Hamilton

Literacy, Culture and Development: Becoming Literate in Morocco by Daniel A. Wagner

Morocco Since 1830 by C.R. Pennell

The Moroccan Women’s Rights Movement by Amy Young Evrard

Muriccanian Tales: The road less traveled…the road to forgiveness by Nicholas Baryshev

The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain by Maria Rosa Menocal

Queen Noor by Susan Muaddi Darraj

Road from Morocco by Wafa Faith Hallam

Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival by Dean King

Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail by Malika Oufkir

Tangerine by Christine Mangen

Travels with a Tangerine by Tim Mackintosh-Smith

Understanding Arabs: A Guide for Modern Times by Margaret K. Nydell

Voices of Resistance: Oral Histories of Moroccan Women by Alison Baker

Year of the Elephant by Leila Abouzeid

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