Suggested Reading List
A Late Dinner, Discovering the Food of Spain
Author: Paul Richardson
Description: A resident of Spain for the last 15 years, Richardson searches out the diversity and delight of Spain and its food in this engaging account of travels in search of a meal.
A Traveller's History of North Africa
Author: Barnaby Rogerson
Description: Wide-ranging, accessible and effectively condensed, this brief history marches confidently through the centuries, covering key events and personalities in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria to 1999.
Andalucia Map 578
Author: Michelin Travel Publications
Description: A travelers' map of Andalucia and the Costa del Sol at a scale of 1:400,000 with city plans of Seville, Malaga and Granada.
Culture Smart! Morocco
Author: Jillian York
Description: History, religion, daily life, food, health and safety are all covered in this pocket guide to Moroccan customs, etiquette and culture.
Dreams of Trespass, Tales of a Harem Girlhood
Author: Fatima Mernissi
Description: This captivating memoir opens, "I was born in a harem in 1940 in Fez, a ninth-century Moroccan city." Mernissi captures not only the spirit of the place, but also the hierarchy and decorum of a family compound in a Muslim household.
Eyewitness Guide Morocco
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: Gorgeously illustrated and filled with excellent maps, this compact guide introduces Morocco's history, culture and attractions.
Eyewitness Guide Seville and Andalusia
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: This wonderfully organized and visually rich guide features excellent maps and essays on the culture, history and geography of the region. With a pullout city map of Seville.
Author: Edith Wharton
Description: Wharton's enjoyable account of her month-long journey through Morocco after WWI captures the landscapes, architecture and many aspects of Muslim culture and history, and especially the cities of Rabat, Fez and Marrakech.
Islam, A Short History
Author: Karen Armstrong
Description: Armstrong brings authority and experience to this vivid, clear-headed survey of the history and impact of Islam from the birth of Muhammad to present-day challenges.
Living in Morocco
Author: Lisl Dennis (Photographer), Landt Dennis
Description: Glorious photos bring colorful interiors, distinct architecture and traditional folk art to life in this celebration of Moroccan style and culture.
Marrakesh & Northern Morocco Map
Description: Featuring a detailed walking map of the Medina and surrounding New Town on one side and a map of Northern Morocco at 1:740,000 on the reverse. With insets of Rabat and Tangier.
Nine Parts of Desire, The Hidden World of Islamic Women
Author: Geraldine Brooks
Description: A highly readable overview of the role of women in Islamic society, drawn from the author's many interviews with women throughout the Arab World.
Author: Robert Irwin
Description: Irwin's brief, indispensable guide introduces the stunning Moorish palace and fortress complex, revealing its mysteries, myths and significance with wit and insight.
The Almoravids and the Meanings of Jihad
Author: Ronald Messier
Description: A scholarly and readable history of the rise, rule, collapse and influence of the Almoravid dynasty that ruled Morocco, Algeria and Muslim Spain in the 11th and 12th centuries.
The Caliph's House, A Year in Casablanca
Author: Tahir Shah
Description: Shah is a marvelous storyteller, weaving Moroccan customs and history with deft portraits of neighbors, craftsmen and others in this entertaining tale of the transformation of a crumbling palace in Casablanca.
The Ornament of the World, How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain
Author: Maria Rosa Menocal, Harold Bloom (Introduction)
Description: A lively, illuminating portrait of the Andalucian Kingdom, its cultural achievements and religious tolerance from the eighth century to 1492.