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A ksar nestled in the heart of the earth

The ksar of Ait Ben Haddou and its traditional earthen architecture

One of the main faces of Amazigh culture in Morocco, the first encountered as one ventures into its discovery, the one that shapes the understanding of its identity, bears on its countenance the matrix of life: the earth. The traveler thus admires, scattered along the valleys fracturing the mineral vastness of the Atlas, all these […]

The Oasis of Fint as told by Its Elders …

The Fint oasis near Ouarzazate

At the bottom of a valley carved between imposing mountains, a wadi winds its way among the rocks, cascading its waters further upstream into the Ouarzazate Lake, also known as Lake El-Manssour Ed-Dahbi. These waters nurture gardens where majestic date palm trees stand tall, cultivated since ancient times by the hands of a rural population. […]

The oasis bears the seeds of tomorrow’s Morocco, and of the world

Oasis in Morocco

In itself the word “oasis” sounds like a promise of the benevolence to be granted us at the end of an exhausting journey over the rugged crust of our planet or through the torrential ebb and flow of life. Every effort to reach the oasis, every surmounting of one’s own limitations, every danger encountered becomes […]

A dinosaur slumbering in South East Morocco

The dinosaur of Tazouda in Morocco

Occasionally the epilogue to a beautiful story keeps us in suspense, as though seeking one day to awaken our dormant desires to savour the blessings of the providence that inspired them. The story of the Tazouda dinosaur is one such beautiful story, and it has given the territories of the south-eastern region of Morocco a […]

Discovering the Amazigh culture of Morocco

The carpet, symbol of Berber culture

The Berber world is like a world in itself, full and vast of a history that plunges into the distant past of our humanity, rich and colorful with a morning identity from its roots to the three horizons, solid, almost mineral, and yet vibrant multiple resonances of its culture. It is now recognized that Amazighity […]

The Naciria zaouia of Tamegroute, exploration of its genesis

The ancient Zaouia Naciria in Tamgroute

The zaouia of Tamegroute, known today as Zaouïa Naciria, is situated in the Drâa Valley at the gateway to the Sahara. Founded in the 16th century, it aligns itself with the Sufi brotherhood Tariqa Chadhiliyya, established in the Maghreb as early as the 14th century. This brotherhood wielded enduring spiritual, socio-economic, and political influence not […]

The lost destiny of Jews from South East Morocco

Group of elderly Jews in a North African country

A long time ago, humanity from the east of Africa arrived to enrich its alter ego on the other side of the continent. In the third millennium BC, intrepid Phoenicians reached the Atlantic coast, and thus came into contact with indigenous populations, namely the ancestors of modern-day Berbers. Three centuries later, the founding of Carthage, […]

Our ancestors, the Berber

Libyans (Berbers), a Nubian, a Syrian, and an Egyptian, drawing by an unknown artist after a mural of the tomb of Seti I; Copy by Heinrich von Minutoli (1820).

The text explores the diversity and complexity of Berber identity throughout the millennia in North Africa.