Country Studies

The Library of Congress Country Studies include extensive information about all Middle Eastern countries, including historical overviews as well as information about government structure, economics, and demographics.

Specific countries can’t be bookmarked, so follow the link above and select the country of interest.

Moroccan Cultural Orientation

Cultural Orientations from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center offer an engaging introduction to a given cultural group. Linguists and non-linguists alike will benefit from these interactive materials and pertinent language exchanges that are coupled with an objective and practical look at daily life in different contexts. Topics include religion, traditions, family life and differences in the lifestyles of urban and rural populations.

Moroccan Flag

Details about the Moroccan flag.

Morocco Country Profile

The BBC’s overview of Morocco.

Morocco Fact Sheet

A quick fact sheet providing clear information about Morroco.

Morocco Facts and Figures

Morocco facts and figures from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center

Morocco in Perspective

This resource from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center offers a country profile section containing basic facts about the target country, followed by selected themes organized under the major headings of Geography, History, Economy, Society and Security.

The World Factbook: Morocco

Facts about Morocco from the CIA.

The Amazigh (Berber) Struggle: An Infographic (text)

An interactive infographic from AlJazeera detailing Amazigh cultural and political movements which have developed over time and demand everything from linguistic rights to full autonomy.

Class of 2006 (video)

WIDE ANGLE cameras are on location in Morocco as history is made. In May 2006, an imam academy in the city of Rabat holds a graduation ceremony. But the class of 2006 is no ordinary group of students. Side by side with the male graduates are 50 women pioneers, among the first contemporary group of women to be officially trained as religious leaders in the Arab world. Empowered to do everything that male imams do — except lead Friday prayer in a mosque — the women will fan out across Morocco to work as spiritual guides in mosques, schools, hospitals, and prisons, even hosting their own television and radio talk shows.

This website includes a six-part documentary, as well as interviews, articles, maps, and more.

Eye on North Africa, from Your Middle East (text)

This column highlights analyses and comments on politics, culture, economy, trending topics and relations in and between Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.

Hassan II Mosque, Built on Water Like the Throne of Allah (images)

This slideshow gives a look into the architectural beauties of Morocco.

In Morocco, The Arab Spring’s Mixed Bounty (multimedia)

This news story from NPR discusses Morocco’s influence and participation in the Arab spring.

Jadaliyya: Morocco (text)

A collection of articles about Morocco  posted on Jadaliyya

Marrakech, the Red City (images)

This slideshow gives an inside look at Morocco and its culture

Morocco News (text)

Current news about Algeria from the New York Times.

Ouarzazate, the Door of the Desert (images)

This slideshow gives an intimate look at the Moroccan people.

Q & A: Morocco’s Referendum on Reform (text)

This Q&A provides detailed and unique information on reform in Morocco.

Rapper’s Imprisonment Tests Moroccan Reforms (audio)

Analyzing outside influences of music and politics.

Representing Moroccan Youth (video)

As a woman elected as the youngest member of the Moroccan Parliament, Mbarka Bouaida provides a new perspective on Morocco’s social problems, the realities of life for Arab youth and efforts to combat Islamic extremism.

AAM sat down with Bouaida, chair of the Moroccan Parliament’s Committee of Foreign Affairs and National Defense and Religious Affairs, to discuss the challenges of being a young politician and her hopes for Morocco’s future.

The ‘Rolling Stones’ of Morocco (audio)

Joseph Braude explores the cultural and political impact of one of the most influential bands in modern Moroccan history, Nas al-Ghiwan. Presented by America Abroad.

Lesson Plans from University of Utah Middle East Center:

  • The Arts & Culture of the Berber Tribes of Morocco and the Sahara by Lorna Holmes. Art 1-2, Grades 7-12, complies with national and Arizona state visual arts stands.  This lesson in art and art history explores the culture and traditions of the Berber tribes of Morocco, showing the interaction of the people’s history, lifestyle, and art. (High School)
  • A Universal Thematic Study Through the Moroccan Cultural Lens. By Omar Hakim, Athens High School, Troy, MI.  Students analyze works of Moroccan art, literature, and photography to discover universal themes and develop critical thinking skills. A short story, The Storyteller, is part of the reading for this lesson. (High School)  
  • Moroccan Zillij: Geometric Tile Decoration by Katie Fowers, Utah Museum of Fine Arts.  Students will learn the basics of Zillij, including the meaning, history and importance of this Moroccan art form, along with creating their own, unique Zillij composition, thinking about how to use color, shape and pattern in their design. (Secondary).
  • Morocco: A New Approach to Teaching the Middle Ages by Tracey Matthews, Utah Museum of Fine Arts.  Students will analyze art objects as artifacts to better understand the spread of Islam, Trans-Saharan trade and the Crusades.  Students will also create their own artwork inspired by Moroccan objects. (6th grade). 
  • The Culture and Arts of Morocco and the Berbers. A beautifully illustrated 69-page PowerPoint in .pdf format that covers basic demographics of Morocco and of the Berbers; customary dress; housing; economics; political systems; religion; customs and traditions; Berber design and art; marriage rituals; jewelry; veils and head coverings; henna and tattoos; rug styles and symbols; Berber tribes; ceramic art; music.

Morocco’s King Proposes Constitutional Reforms

This lesson gives ideas for discussing current political reforms in Morocco.

Mystical Musician Healers from Morocco

Mixing video, audio, photographs and text, Gnawa Stories takes you inside the uncharted waters of this secret world, and explores the Gnawas’ commitment to connect with their traditions while adapting to a new Global Age.

Sailing the Great Sand Sea

In this unit, students will understand the ways in which North African traders were able to adapt to the harsh environment of the Sahara desert in order to extract natural resources and engage in trans-desert trade for economic gain. They will understand: (1) the factors that define a desert and the different types of deserts; (2) that the introduction of the camel to North Africa provided a solution that made trans-Saharan trade possible; and (3) the natural resources available in the desert and the advantages to be had from harnessing them.

Content developed by the University of Texas at Austin

Using an Author’s Clever Stategies in One’s Own Writing

In this lesson, students learn and practice writing skills by reading stories about a Peace Corps Volunteer’s experience in Morocco