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Zineb’s War on Islamic Fascism

In August 2011, in the midst of the Arab Spring, Zineb El Rhazoui, a young Moroccan-French woman, stood in a packed forum on human rights in the Arab world and…

Yaëlle Azagury

Choosing Which Language to Live In

“I feel closer to an Arab from Morocco than to a Jew from Brooklyn or Boston.” My mother is a Moroccan Jew, born and bred in Tangier, where she also spent…

Tangier circa 1670

A Brief History of British Tangier

In my book Freedom and Orthodoxy I make it clear that the classical world order was radically altered by Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the continent that would later be bear…

Post-Hassanian Morocco

I remember, vividly, how unsettled I was when I learned of the sudden death of Morocco’s King Hassan II on a hot July day in 1999. Like many people around…

Turban Helmet

Sultanic Democracy

The 4th of July is the only holiday that means something to me, not only because I am an American citizen, but also because I live in the modern world,…

Moulay Hicham Ben Abdellah El Alaoui

The Impossible Dreams of a Moroccan Prince

A few years ago, I wrote a review/commentary on The Road from Morocco, a thrilling account by Wafa Faith Hallam, a young, modern Moroccan woman who leads a truly quixotic…