Morocco

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Location & Language

-Morocco is located in Africa and below the country of Spain.

-Capital: Rabat

-The official language of Morocco is Arabic, many also speak French.

-In northern Morocco, many speak Spanish and English.

-Morocco in Arabic means "far west" or "where the sun sets"

Weather & Climate

-Morocco's weather and climate is very diverse and varies on the season and region. It is usually a subtropical climate with temperatures of 41-95 Degrees Fahrenheit.


-Rain falls are from November to March, and the hot months are from April to May and September to November.


-Trade winds are hot and dry, and the temperature is hot in the day and cold in the afternoon.

Cultural Landscape

Morocco has:

-Beaches and Coasts (Agadir)

-Mountains (Atlas Mountains)

-Deserts (Sahara Desert)

Many of these areas are open to tourism and are protected sustainably.

Moroccan Folways and Taboos

-Family is a big value and importance.


-It is considered ungrateful to allow a guest to leave a meal unsatisfied and feed their guests with what they can afford.


-During the 30 days of Ramadan, fasting is from dusk to dawn- if seen eating or drinking in daylight, Moroccans could be arrested.


-Moroccans and their guests eat in bowls, usually without utensils, sitting on the floor, barefoot (shoes are left by the door)


-Women give birth at home with the help of female family.


-Weddings are usually 2-3 days long depending on finance, brides are tattooed with hennas on their hands and feet.


-The right hand is for greeting and eating and the left is for sanitation(bathroom).


-Moroccans do not like compliments or direct praise, it makes them feel extremely uncomfortable. (ex: "wow!" or "what a beautiful home!" or even "What a cute baby!")


-Do not drink alcohol, unless you are a tourist at a bar.


-Women must wear traditional djellaba and headscarf.


-Remove your shoes in a mosque.


-Women should not walk alone in ublic, they should have male companion or another female presence.

Moroccan Subcultures

-The Berber People: indegenous people of North Africa, west of the Nile Valley.
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Evidence of Cultural Diffusion/ Change

-Moroccan culture is a blend of Berber, Arab, African and European influences; Many speak Arabic, Berber, French, and Spanish.


-The Arabs invaded Circa in 685, thus bringing Islam.


-1904 Spain and France controlled almost all of Morocco, bringing French and Spanish influence in many portions.

People & Labor

-Unemployment and underemployment is common for the unskilled and uneducated.

-Many people sell their handmade crafts, jewelry, carpets, or clothes on street markets in order to make more money.


-Child Labor is very common.


-Males by law have more freedom than females.


-Only women in high sectors are able to get education to become Doctors, Lawyers, ect.


-Women are victims of harassment, discrimination, and ridicule by men.

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Religion

-Morocco's religion is Sunni Islam


-Mosques are open for men ONLY and during the week, they are open a few hours for women.


-The virginity of a young women is guarded as in most cultures.


-Muslims must marry Muslims, it is only ok for a Muslim man to marry a non-Muslim women.

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Government & Military

Morocco is a Constitutional Monarchy based on Islamic Law and French and Spanish civil law system.


-The King is the commander of the Moroccan Army, Navy, Air Force and other military teams and units like the Auxiliary Forces.


-The Moroccan Flag:

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