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(no subject) [Dec. 19th, 2010|11:15 am]
Friends, lovers, and residents of Morocco

[mood |curiouscurious]

Hello all you wonderful Moroccans and Morocco-admirers.

1. I will be travelling (w/one boyfriend) to Morocco, Tangiers specifically, in March and wonder if anyone in the area would like to meet up? We are very nice, gracious people who will gladly take you out for coffee.

2. While I'm a fairly seasoned world traveler, this is the first time I've travelled to a Muslim-majority country. I understand Morocco is fairly liberal as things so, but all the same I've been doing some research on appropriate dress for tourists and many sources specifically state that foreign women in western wear are prone to harassment and cat-calling. As a fair-eyed blonde who doesn't speak a lick of Arabic, I imagine I'd stick out a bit. I prefer to blend in as best as I can when I travel, so I'm thinking of getting a simple hijab and matching it with a long skirt and modest blouse. So my questions are these: is it true that foreign women are frequently hassled on the street? And does my clothing plan sound appropriate? On one hand, I don't want to be a goofy tourist in shorts and flip-flops, but on the other I don't want to look like I'm pulling an Eat Pray Love imperialistic move, either.

Okay, that's all for now. Thanks in advance for your insight!
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(no subject) [Dec. 17th, 2010|11:45 pm]
Friends, lovers, and residents of Morocco
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New Member [Dec. 18th, 2010|11:33 am]
Friends, lovers, and residents of Morocco
Hello Everyone!  I just joined LJ today, and decided to take a look around.  I love Morocco...I went for a month in July for my first time ever.  I was travelling with my husband (Moroccan).  I met my in-laws and travelled to several cities (have a list of where to go next time!).  I am trying to learn their language...I can say random sentences and questions...but not really anything to make a logical conversation out of :-)  I hope to expand more so if anyone wants to practice together just let me know!  jmehdani@gmail.com or just send me a message on LJ too!  Once I figure out how to post pictures, I'm going to put one up from my vacation :-)  Nice to meet you all.
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Traveling Notebooks [Apr. 19th, 2009|04:05 pm]
Friends, lovers, and residents of Morocco

[mood |boredbored]
[music |birds]

Hello! I'm currently living in Australia (Orange, New South Wales to be exact) but I am from Seattle, Washington born and raised... I'm working on these two notebooks. I've gotten one set back, the first set and it turned out amazing. I'm doing different ones for Australia/New Zealand and America/Canada as well as an all around international version of the notebooks.

I'm looking for people all over the world to help me out, it's kind of a "guide to" your country, city, what it's like to live there, a postcard or something, drawings, recipes, pretty much whatever you'd like to put in the notebook with a little bit about yourself. Then you pass it onto the next person. There's currently one notebook going to each continent, 3 of the sets are traveling (to Africa, South America and Asia) and there's notebooks (two sets) going around the US, and one set in Canada and Australia. Let me know if you'd like to help me out with these notebooks. They travel together and one is for my son (when he grows up) and one is for my brother who is interested in the world...

Kind of a surprise thing, I know he'll love the first version I want to surprise him with more. So email me (sara.ringham@gmail.com), message me or comment here if you are interested in helping me out! Thanks so much!

Let me know if this is too off topic, I've been looking for people from all over and if it's too off topic let me know and I'll delete it!

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living in morocco [Sep. 20th, 2007|09:11 am]
Friends, lovers, and residents of Morocco

I am an Australian woman, and I plan to live in Morocco for a few months. I have taken one year off of work, and my base will be Marrakech from the first week of October 2007. I have a couple of friends, but would love to know if any English speakers are living in Marrakech, and would like to meet up. I'd love to hear from anybody in Morocco, in fact, as travel within the country is also an option for me.
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vocabulary [Jun. 26th, 2007|08:05 pm]
Friends, lovers, and residents of Morocco

hi. I desperately need to know what 'dalia' or maybe 'dahlia' means. like in the context : 'hello fatimah dahlia!'

could you please give me ANY and various possible translations to this? it is important.
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Morocco in July [May. 15th, 2007|03:33 pm]
Friends, lovers, and residents of Morocco

Hello everyone! I am planning to visit Morocco 24-29 July (Arrival/departure Casablanca). It would be nice to join a good company of Morocco-lovers, who are going to travel by car. Would love to visit Sahara!
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New Year's Resolution: Solidarity With Francis AND With Islam, Inshallah! [Dec. 31st, 2006|01:59 pm]
Friends, lovers, and residents of Morocco

x-posted in art_turkiye and muslim_america

I dedicate this year to Francis of Assisi, the patron of my confirmation, and to fraternity with my Muslim brothers and sisters, whom Francis met in holy dialogue:

I made the remark above before reading Orhan Pamuk’s memoir, Istanbul, Memories and the City, but now I’ve changed my resolution and declare that I dedicate this year to solidarity with Francis and with Islam itself. To some who have read this excellent book, mine may seem a surprising reaction to this memoir by a fairly secular modern Turkish novelist, but Pamuk is a very great writer, which means he can be unflinchingly honest about himself, his society (rich, Westernized Turks) and what people of his background have DONE, in concert with Westerners (his “tourists”) to the great masses of the pious poor living in Central Europe and the Middle East.

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And, so, I dedicate this year to solidarity with my brother Francis, the only world-historically significant figure who has ever been able to reconcile devotion to Christ with solidarity with the Muslim peoples AND to solidarity with their religion and its Holy Prophet (PBUH).

I can only echo the sentiments of the great popular historian Thomas Cahill, writing about Francis’s great adventure in inter-faith dialogue. The Sufis quickly recognized him as their spiritual brother. As it did for him, let the piety of the REAL Muslims put our irreligious “westernized” ways of life to shame:
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“Those who are confident of their faith are not threatened but enlarged by the different faiths of others. ... There are, surely, many ways of arriving at this generosity of spirit and each faith may need to find its own.” We stand in desperate need of contemporary figures like Kamil and Francis of Assisi to create an innovative dialogue. To build a future better than our past, we need, as Rabbi Sacks has put it, “the confidence to recognize the irreducible, glorious dignity of difference.”

May the Lord give you peace.

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Ils Haissent les Catholiques Autant Que Les Francais et les Mussulmans [Dec. 25th, 2006|11:18 am]
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[mood |aggravatedaggravated]

x-posted in france, _lutetia, our_europe, muslim_america and viva_intifada

Many people in Anglo-phonic countries have difficulty identifying the deep bias in our journalism against both France and France’s traditional religion. But this bias, though subtle and insidious, is extremely powerful politically, and a lot of Frenchmen, I fear, are flummoxed by it, too.

It is complicated by Amerika’s traditional anti-Catholicism and, nowadays, by her inflexible and adamant championship of Zionism in the Middle East—which is also, I might add, a by-product of the millenarian Protestant Fundamentalism as rampant here as Islamism is in the Arab world.

Here are two articles from a British magazine that is obviously “neo-conservative” in its political sympathies. They play directly into the bigotries of what are obviously their largest readership—“bien-pensant” Amerikans. I’ve drawn your attention, with bracketed comments, to the places where the writers bare their obvious prejudices.
Soyez en garde contre eux!

John Gray
Alexis de Tocqueville: Prophet of Democracy in the Age of Revolution

By Hugh Brogan (Profile Books 724pp £30)
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Daniel Johnson
Betrayal: France, the Arabs, and the Jews

By David Pryce-Jones (Encounter Books 171pp £20.99)
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Please, for the sake of both Arabs and European and Middle Eastern Catholics, may the “French public” NEVER heed “this English indictment” of their “political class”!
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