, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Iraq and Yemen. large number of international students are from Pakistan & Sudan , local and international, study under convertible loans or scholarships from the Education Sponsorship Unit of Petronas itself. left 200px thumb Bukharan girls in Samarkand, ca 1900 (File:Jewish girls Samarkand 1900s.jpg) The Bukharan Jews of Central Asia were essentially cut off from the rest of the Jewish world (Jewish diaspora) for more than 2,500 years but somehow managed to survive and preserve their Israelite identity and heritage in the face of tremendous odds. They are considered one of the oldest ethno-religious groups of Central Asia and over the years they have developed their own distinct culture. Throughout the years, Jews from other Eastern countries such as Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Syria, and Morocco migrated into Central Asia (usually by taking the Silk Road), as did Jews who were exiled from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition WikiPedia:Morocco Dmoz:Regional Africa Morocco Commons:Category:Morocco
." El Maghreg: 1200 Miles' Ride Through Morocco, Hugh Edward Millington Stutfield pppp Solo career After a break from music in Morocco, Brown established his solo career with the debut solo single "My Star (My Star (Ian Brown song))", which was released in the UK on 12 January 1998. Robb, p. 380 The debut album ''Unfinished Monkey Business'' followed on 2 February 1998. The album was produced and financed by Brown
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. That party subsequently provided most of the leadership for the nationalist movement. France's exile of Sultan Mohammed V in 1953 to Madagascar and his replacement by the unpopular Mohammed Ben Aarafa sparked active opposition to the French and Spanish protectorates. The most notable violence occurred in Oujda where Moroccans attacked French and other European residents in the streets. France allowed Mohammed V to return in 1955, and the negotiations that led to Moroccan independence began the following year. "Morocco (Page 9 of 9)". Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2009. 2009-11-01. In March 1956 the French protectorate was ended and Morocco regained its independence from France as the "Kingdom of Morocco". A month later Spain ceded most of its protectorate in Northern Morocco to the new state but kept its two coastal enclaves (Ceuta and Melilla) on the Mediterranean coast. Sultan Mohammed became king in 1957. Reign of King Hassan II WikiPedia:Morocco Dmoz:Regional Africa Morocco Commons:Category:Morocco
to pull popular and political attention away from the ''cortes''; Spain supported the French expedition (Cochinchina Campaign) to Cochinchina, the allied expedition sent in support of the French intervention in Mexico and Emperor Maximilian (Maximilian I of Mexico), an expedition to Santo Domingo, and most importantly, a successful campaign (Spanish-Moroccan War (1859)) into Morocco that earned Spain a favorable peace and new territories across the Strait of Gibraltar
but raised in Toronto, Benmergui studied journalism at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, where he was news director and program producer at the university's radio station. The CBC offered Benmergui a research job in Winnipeg. From there, he went on to produce current affairs documentaries and was named host of ''Nightlines'', a late-night music show on CBC Stereo. Participating Nations in 1st GANEFO The first edition of GANEFO was held in Jakarta, Indonesia on November 10–22, 1963 for 13 days where in total about 2,700 athletes participated from 51 nations in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America such as Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Chile, Ceylon, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, DPR Korea (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), Dominican Republic, Finland, France, East Germany (German Democratic Republic), Guinea, Hungary, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, China PR (People's Republic of China), the Philippines, Poland, Mali (Republic of Mali), Rumania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Thailand, Tunisia, Soviet Union, North Vietnam, the United Arab Republic (currently Egypt and Syria), Uruguay, Yugoslavia, etc. For much of its history Gao was an important commercial centre involved in the trans-Saharan trade. External Arabic sources state that by the 9th century Gao was already an important regional power, and by the end of the 10th century, the local ruler was a Muslim. Towards the end of the 13th century, Gao lost its independence and became part of the Mali Empire, but in first half of the 15th century, the town regained its independence and with the conquests of Sonni Ali (ruled 1464–1492) Gao became the capital of the Songhai Empire. The Empire collapsed after the Moroccan (Morocco) invasion in 1591 and the invaders chose to make Timbuktu their capital. By the time of Heinrich Barth's visit in 1854, Gao had declined to become a impoverished village with 300 huts constructed from matting. By 2009, it had a population of 86633. A majority of the students are local, but there are significant numbers of foreign students studying in the university as well. The foreign students are from Cambodia, Chad, East Timor, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Indonesia, Iran, Libya, Morocco
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-distance track events. The distance is often witness to some of the most tactical, physical races in the sport, as many championship races are won in the final few metres. The record at this distance for men is: Early career (1995–1997) Tobin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the age of 2, he and his family left Brazil to live in Morocco, the Netherlands, London, Portugal and Madeira. Tobin settled in Brighton, England
and the territory of the former Soviet Union. Junior formulae and Formula One Schlesser grew up in Morocco before returning to France to study and complete military service. He began racing in various paved-track events and shared the French Formula Three Championship with Alain Prost in 1978. In 1981 he participated in the European Formula Three Championship and also placed second in the Le Mans 24 Hours. He moved to Formula Two in 1982, and had his first attempt
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by living, studying and serving in cross-cultural settings. "Future Programs," www.emu.edu crosscultural future-programs. Retrieved 10 August 2010. Nine cross-cultural credits are the minimum number required for graduation; these can be earned through in-class study and a summer stint of three to six weeks in a cross-cultural setting. Most undergraduates embark on semester-long, faculty
, found largely in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The Darqawi branch is found mostly in Morocco and the Alawiyya (Ahmad al-Alawi) (no connection to the Turkish or Syrian Alawi or Alevi groups) which originated in Algeria is now found the world over, particularly in Syria, Jordan, France and among many English-speaking communities. British scholar, Martin Lings wrote an extensive biography of the founder of this branch, Ahmad al-Alawi, entitled 'A Sufi Saint of the 20th century' (ISBN 0-946621-50-0) In 2004 the United Kingdom Department for International Development was criticised for having hired Aerocom to fly humanitarian aid missions to Morocco following the earthquake there (2004 Morocco earthquake), because in a 2003 United Nations report Aerocom was accused of breaking international sanctions by having transporting huge quantities of arms to Liberia in 2002. Subsequently, special permission from the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority was needed to allow Aerocom's Moldova-registered Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft to land in Britain, including an exemption from noise restrictions. The Observer 6 June 2004 Agnatic seniority and the rota system has been used in several historical monarchies, for example in Kievan Rus' during the Rurikid Dynasty, implemented by Grand Prince Yaroslav I the Wise (1019–1054). In the Piast Kingdom of Poland (Kingdom of Poland (1025–1385)), the Testament of Bolesław III Krzywousty enacted in 1138 with the establishment of a Seniorate Province at Kraków led to a centuries-long period of fragmentation of the country among his descendants. It was sometimes used in Morocco by the Alaouite dynasty until it was definitely abolished by King Mohammed V (Mohammed V of Morocco) (1957–1961) who introduced agnatic primogeniture. Badía travelled to and wrote descriptions of Morocco, Tripoli, Cyprus, Egypt, Arabia, Syria (including modern Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine, then considered part of Syria,) and Turkey during the period of 1803–1807. He went to Mecca ostensibly to perform the hajj, saying that he was a descendant of the Abbassid Caliphs of the West. The Shaykh '''Ahmad Al-Badawī''' (or '''Al-Sayyid Al-Badawī''') was a Muslim (Islam) founder of the Badawiyyah Sufi (sufism) order. He was born in Fes, Morocco in 596 AH and died in Tanta, Egypt in 675 AH. His followers report that he was credited with many ''karāmāt'' (miracles). Between 1964 and 1967 he was Spain's ambassador to the United Nations. He also served this role in Morocco, Argentina and the Dominican Republic. He edited the ''La Vanguardia'' newspaper and helped start the ''EFE'' news agency. He is interviewed in the documentary film ''Franco, ese hombre'', a biography of the Spanish dictator. The same triangle symbol is found on a metal artefact uncovered in an archaeological dig in Lanzarote overseen by Professor Howard Foster. His stepdaughter Perpugilliam (usually called 'Peri') Brown is bored with the dig and wants to go travelling in Morocco and when he seeks to prevent this she steals the strange artefact and tries to swim for freedom. Fortunately for her the TARDIS has landed nearby – responding to a distress call sent by the strange artefact - and Turlough sees her drowning and rescues her. Going through her possessions as she recovers he finds the artefact and acknowledges the same triangle symbol is burnt into his own flesh. The Doctor (Doctor (Doctor Who)) returns to the TARDIS after attempting to triangulate the source of the signal being emitted by the artefact, and the ship dematerialises, seemingly on its own. It soon arrives on Sarn and the Doctor and Turlough set off to explore. In Morocco and Tunisia the instrument, called ''zamr'', has a single or double bell. The Moroccan instrument has six holes in each pipe. The Moroccan ''mizmār'' or ''zamr rīfī'' is over 100 centimetres long, again with six holes in each pipe, ending in two bull's horns. Origins The melhun, originally a pure literary creation, emerged as a poetic art today known in Morocco under the name of "qasida" (meaning "poem") (Arabic (Arabic alphabet): القصيدة) or "zajal" (Arabic (Arabic alphabet): الزجل). Combined with music, it quickly spread across the country where it acquired fame particularly among artisans. '''Gnawa music''' is a mixture of sub-Saharan African, Berber (Berber people), and Sufi religious songs and rhythms. It combines music and acrobatic dancing. The music is both a prayer and a celebration of life. Though many of the influences that formed this music can be traced to sub-Saharan Africa, and specifically, the Western Sahel, its practice is concentrated in north Africa, mainly South-western Algeria and Morocco. (See Gnawa for more details) *'''Mohamed Kouyou''' - In 1984 he played at the opening of the Moroccan (Morocco) Pavilion at Disney World. He also plays in essaouira's gnawa festival *'''Essaïd Bourki''' - He has his origins in the south of Morocco. He performed with his group in Belgium in 1990. He is considered the secret master of Essaouira. Besieged in 1190 by vastly superior force under the Almoravid King of Morocco Yusuf I (Yaqub, Almohad Caliph), he and his knights managed to defeat the monarch's forces and thus defending the north of the fledgling Kingdom. The estate has hosted the Manhasset negotiations, a round of talks between Morocco and the Polisario Front, August 10–12, 2007, as part of a set of UN-led meetings centering on the future of Western Sahara, among others. Created in 1969, the Pan-African film and television festival of Ouagadougou has evolved into an internationally recognized and respected event in not only the African continent but in the world at large. Alimata Salambere, the cultural minister of Burkina Faso from 1987 to 1991 was one of the founders of FESPACO. At its third edition in 1972, the name of the festival became FESPACO (Festival Pan-Africain du Cinema et de la Television de Ouagadougou). FESPACO became an institution by governmental decree on January 7, 1972. In that year, the first official winner of the best film award was ''Le Wazzou Polygame'' by Oumarou Ganda of Niger. Since then, the best film award has been won by directors from Cameroon, Morocco, Mali, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. '''Mauretania Tingitana''' was a Roman province located in northwestern Africa, coinciding roughly with the northern part of present-day Morocco and Spanish cities of Ceuta and Melilla. The province extended from the northern peninsula, opposite Gibraltar, to Chellah (or Sala) and Volubilis to the south, C. Michael Hogan, ''Chellah'', The Megalithic Portal, ed. Andy Burnham and as far east as the Oued Laou river. Its capital city was the city of Tingis, modern Tangier, after which it was named. Other major cities of the province were Iulia Valentia Banasa and Lixus (Lixus (ancient city)). University of Granada: Mauretania Tingitana (in Spanish) When the Umayyad Caliphs conquered all of Northern Africa, replacing Christianity and Paganism with Islam, both Mauretanias were reunited as the province of ''al-Maghrib'' (Arabic for 'the West', and still the official name of the Sherifian kingdom of Morocco). This province also included over half of modern Algeria. ''Cervus elaphus barbarus'' Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria E ''Gazella dorcas massaesyla'' Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia E ''Hyaena hyaena barbara'' Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia E Aquila heliaca adalberti Spain, Morocco, Algeria E World War I After temporary duty off Tampico, ''Nashville'' sailed from Norfolk on 2 August 1917, arriving Gibraltar on 18 August to patrol off the Moroccan (Morocco) coast. After serving as convoy escort off North Africa and in the western Mediterranean until 15 July 1918, ''Nashville'' departed Gibraltar, arriving on 1 August at Charleston, South Carolina. *Mombasa *Morocco enclaves **Agadir Yusef was an effective general and administrator, evidenced by his ability to organize and maintain the loyalty of the hardened desert warriors and the territory of Abu Bakr, as well as his ability to expand the empire, cross the Atlas Mountains onto the plains of Morocco, reaching the Mediterranean and capturing Fez (Fes, Morocco) in 1075, Tangier in 1079, Tlemcen in 1080, Ceuta in 1083, as well as Algiers, Ténès and Oran in 1082-83. He is regarded as the co-founder of the famous Moroccan city Marrakech (in Berber ''Murakush'', corrupted to ''Morocco'' in English). The site had been chosen and work started by Abu Bakr in 1070. The work was completed by Yusef, who then made it the capital of his empire, in place of the former capital Aghmāt (Aghmat). By the time Abu Bakr died in 1087, after a skirmish in the Sahara as result of a poison arrow, Yusef had crossed over into al-Andalus and also achieved victory at the Battle of az-Zallaqah (Battle of Sagrajas), also known as the ''Battle of Sagrajas'' in the west. He came to al-Andalus with a force of 15,000 men, armed with javelins (javelin (weapon)), daggers, most of his soldiers carried two swords, shields, cuirass of the finest leather and animal hide, as well as drummers for psychological combat. Yusef's cavalry was said to have included 6,000 shock troops from Senegal mounted on white Arabian horses. Camels were also put to use. On October 23, 1086, the Almoravid forces, accompanied by 10,000 Andalusian fighters from local Muslim provinces, decisively checked the Reconquista, defeating the largest Christian army ever assembled up to that point, significantly outnumbered. The death of Yusef's heir, however, prompted his speedy return to Africa. The Sanhaja confederation, which consisted of a hierarchy of Lamtuna, Musaffa and Djudalla Berbers (Berber people), represented the military's top brass. Amongst them were Andalusian Christians and heretic Africans, taking up duties as ''diwan al-gund'', Yusef's own personal bodyguard; including 2,000 black horsemen (cavalry), whose tasks also included registering soldiers and making sure they were compensated financially. The occupying forces of the Almoravids were made up largely horsemen, totaling no less than 20,000. Into the major cities of al-Andalus, Seville (7,000), Granada (1,000), Cordoba (Córdoba, Spain) (1,000), 5,000 bordering Castile (Castile (historical region)) and 4,000 in western Andalusia, succeeding waves of horsemen in conjunction with the garrisons that had been left there after the Battle of Sagrajas, made responding, for the Taifa emirs, difficult. Soldiers on foot used bows (Bow (weapon)) & arrows (Arrow (weapon)), sabres, pike (pike (weapon))s, javelins (javelin (weapon)), each protected by a cuirass of Moroccan (Morocco) leather and iron piked shields. During the siege of the fort-town Aledo, in Murcia, previously captured by the Spaniard (Spanish people) ''Garcia Giménez'', Almoravid and Andalusian (Andalusian people) hosts are said to have used catapults, in addition to their customary drum beat. Yusef also established naval bases in Cadiz, Almeria and neighboring ports along the Mediterranean. Ibn-Maymun, the governor of Almeria, had a fleet at his disposal. Another such example is the Banu-Ganiya fleet based off the Balearic Islands that dominated the affairs of the western Mediterranean for much of the 12th century. http: books.google.com books?id 374eAAAAIAAJ&printsec frontcover&source gbs_summary_r&cad 0#PPA5,M1 thumb Zellige (Image:Mekhnes Place El-Hedine Mosaique3.jpg), the Moroccan mosaic '''Morocco''' is a country with a multiethnic society and a rich culture, civilization, and etiquette. Throughout Moroccan history (History of Morocco), Morocco has hosted many peoples, in addition to the indigenous Berbers (Amazigh people), coming from the East (Phoenicians, Jews, and Arabs), South (Sub-Saharan African), and North (Romans (Ancient Rome) and Vandals). All of these have had an impact on the social structure of Morocco. It has also hosted many forms of belief, from Paganism, Judaism, Christianity to Islam. page 305 ) was a Muslim Berber (Berber people) religious (religion) scholar, teacher and political leader from southern Morocco. He was the founder and spiritual leader of the Almohad (Almohad dynasty) movement, a puritanical reform movement launched among the Masmuda Berbers (Berber people) of the Atlas Mountains. Ibn Tumart launched the open revolt against the ruling Almoravids (Almoravid dynasty) during the 1120s. After his death, his followers, the Almohads, went on to conquer much of North Africa and Spain. He is also known as El-Mahdi (المهدي) in reference to his prophesied redeeming. Many of the details of Ibn Tumart's life were recorded by hagiographers (hagiography), whose accounts probably mix legendary elements from the Almohad cult of their founding figure and spiritual leader. A French translation of the relation of the Almohad hagiographer Mohammed al-Baydhaq, can be found in Lévi-Provençal (1928). A Spanish translation of the arguably most reliable Almohad chronicle ''al-Bayan al-Mughrib'' of Ibn Idhari al-Marrakushi (Ibn Idhari), can be found in Huici Miranda (1951). Ibn Idhari was a principal source for the account, ''Kitab al-'Ibar'', of Ibn Khaldun. Ibn Khallikan's entry on Ibn Tumart can be found in English translation in ''Biographical Dictionary'', 1843 M. de Slane trans., Paris, vol. 3, p.205) Ibn Tumart was born sometime between 1078 and 1082 in the small village of Igiliz (exact location uncertain Fromherz (2005: p.177) identifies Igiliz (and Ibn Tumart's nearby cave) with the modern small village of Igli, some 30 km east of Taroudant in the Sous valley ) in the Sous valley of southern Morocco. H. Kennedy (1996) He was a member of the Hargha people, a Berber (Berber people) tribe of the Anti-Atlas range, part of the Masmuda (Berber (Berber languages): ''imesmuden'') tribal confederation. In 1120, Ibn Tumart and his small band of followers headed west into Morocco. He stopped by Fez (Fes, Morocco), the intellectual capital of Morocco, and engaged in polemical debates with the leading Malikite scholars of the city. Having exhausted them, the ''ulama'' of Fez decided they had enough and expelled him from the city. He proceeded south, hurried along from town to town like a vagabond (reportedly, he and his companions had to swim across the Bou Regreg, as they could not afford the ferry passage). Shortly after his arrival in Marrakesh, Ibn Tumart is said to have successfully sought out the Almoravid ruler Ali ibn Yusuf at a local mosque. In the famous encounter, when ordered to acknowledge the presence of the emir, Ibn Tumart reportedly replied "Where is the emir? I see only women here!" - an insulting reference to the tagelmust veil worn by the Almoravid ruling class. Messier (2010: p.141) (According to one source, Ibn Tumart attacked the emir's own sister for going unveiled). signatories parties 22: Bosnia (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Liberia, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia), Tunisia, and Ukraine depositor Secretary-General of the United Nations State parties to the convention There are 22 state parties where the convention is ratified: Bosnia (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Liberia, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Macedonia (Republic of Macedonia), Tunisia, and Ukraine *'''Mali''' - Bamako (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bamako) *'''Morocco''' - Rabat (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Rabat), Tanger (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tanger) *'''Mozambique''' - Beira (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Beira), Maputo (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Maputo), Nampula (Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Nampula) '''Binter Canarias S.A.''' is an airline based in Gran Canaria, Spain. It is a regional carrier operating inter-island services within the Canary Islands, in addition to services to Morocco, and Portugal. The airline carried 2.9 million passengers in 2008. Binter Canarias The Company Binter Canarias received Europe's best regional airline 2005 http: www.bintercanarias.com noticias 117 2005 binter-canarias-europes-best-regional-airline-2005 and, on September 24, 2010, it was announced that Binter Canarias had won the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) Gold Award: Airline of the Year for 2010 2011. http: www.eraa.org about awards-a-honours http: www.lanzaroteinformation.com content binter-airline-year Islamic conquest and Reconquista For almost seven hundred years, Spain was the battleground for the opposing forces of the Islamic Caliphate and Western Christian forces. Both Muslims and Christian were motivated by religious conviction, which inspired the warfare. The initial Islamic invasion of Iberia (Umayyad conquest of Hispania) was sudden and unexpected. The varied Moorish tribes of Morocco united under the leadership of Arab generals sent by the reigning Umayyad caliph and crossed the Straits of Gibraltar in 711 under the leadership of the Berber (Berber people) Tariq ibn Ziyad. Tariq won a swift victory at the Guadalete (Battle of Guadalete) and defeated and killed the reigning Gothic king, Roderic. Montgomery, p.13. In a campaign lasting eight years, the whole of Iberia was subjected to Umayyad authority, except for the Asturias mountain range in the far northwest and the pockets of resistance in Navarre. The Islamic offensive ultimately paused after the losses it suffered in Frankland (Francia) and in the Asturias, where battles such as those at Tours (Battle of Tours) and Covadonga (Battle of Covadonga) showed some of the potential weaknesses of the Arab methods of warfare. Davis, p.105. Despite a resurgence during the 10th century, the Caliphate of Córdoba's attempts to reverse the Reconquista failed, and by the 11th century, Christian Iberia was united under Sancho the Great, the King of Navarre, whilst the caliphate was divided and engulfed by civil war, the period of the ''taifas''. The 11th century saw the development of a concept of Christian holy war, to be waged against Islam with the purpose of recapturing long lost territories - the Crusade (Crusades). Crusading, under other names, also took place in Spain; Franks and Normans and even Papal troops took to Spain in increasing numbers to join the locals in their fight against "the Moor." The last threat of the 11th century came in the form of the Almoravids, who with their well disciplined forces first established a hegemony over Morocco and then extended it over al-Andalus. While the ''Reconquista'' paused in the west, to the east Alfonso the Battler, the King of Aragon, redoubled efforts to retake the valley of the Ebro. In 1212, the ''Reconquistadores'' gained a decisive victory over the Almohads at the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa. Shortly after the battle, the Castilians retook Baeza and, then, Úbeda, major fortified cities near the battlefield, and gateways to invade Andalucia. Thereafter, Ferdinand III of Castile retook Córdoba (Córdoba, Spain) in 1236, Jaén (Jaén, Spain) in 1246, and Seville in 1248; then he took Arcos, Medina-Sidonia, Jerez and Cádiz, effectively bringing the bulk of the reconquista to a conclusion. History TWR started in 1952, when Paul Freed set up the organization to reach Spain by broadcasting from Morocco. Later, after TWR was evicted from Morocco, the network operated from Monaco for many years using a high-powered transmitter system abandoned by the Nazis (Nazism) after World War II. Other major transmitting sites include Guam, Bonaire, Sri Lanka, Cyprus, and Swaziland. Tea was introduced to Morocco in the 18th century through trade with Europe. The '''''grands caids''''' were Berber feudal rulers of southern quarter of Morocco under the French Protectorate (French Morocco). WikiPedia:Morocco Dmoz:Regional Africa Morocco Commons:Category:Morocco
'''Morocco''' ( , meaning "The West") are commonly used as alternate names.
Morocco has a population of over 33 million and an area of . Its political capital is Rabat, although the largest city is Casablanca; other major cities include Marrakesh, Tangier, Tetouan, Salé, Fes, Agadir, Meknes, Oujda, Kenitra, and Nador. A historically prominent regional power, Morocco has a history of independence not shared by its neighbours. Its distinct culture is a blend of Arab (Arab people), indigenous Berber (Berber people), Sub-Saharan African, and European influences.
Morocco claims the non-self-governing territory (United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories) of Western Sahara as its Southern Provinces. Morocco annexed the territory in 1975, leading to a guerrilla war with indigenous forces until a cease-fire in 1991. Peace processes (Western Sahara peace process) have thus far failed to break the political deadlock.
Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament. The King of Morocco (List of rulers of Morocco) holds vast executive and legislative powers, especially over the military (Military of Morocco), foreign policy and religious affairs. Executive power is exercised by the government (Moroccan government), while legislative power (legislature) is vested in both the government and the two chambers of parliament, the Assembly of Representatives (Assembly of Representatives of Morocco) and the Assembly of Councillors. The king can issue decrees called dahir (Moroccan Dahir)s which have the force of law. He can also dissolve the parliament after consulting the Prime Minister (List of heads of government of Morocco) and the president of the Constitutional court.
Morocco's predominant religion is Islam, while the official languages are Berber (Berber languages) and Arabic (Arabic language). Moroccan Arabic, referred to as ''Darija'', and French (French language) are also widely spoken.