Books on Morocco, Islam and the Arab Culture

As part of my process to understand more about the country I served 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

The Couscous Chronicles: A Peace Corps Memoir by Richard Wallace

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