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Islam symbols, their meaning, and other Middle East charms

March 22, 2013

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Islam symbols, Kaaba

TweetIslam is, arguably, one of the most controversial and misunderstood religions in the world. For this reason, I picked Islam symbols, their meaning, and a couple of other Middle East charms for this week’s special #FriFotos post. I hope this photo essay sheds some light on this fascinating region and their culture. Let me know if you […]

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Spanish Morocco: The EU in Africa? Educational photo essay

January 9, 2013

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TweetIn the fifteenth and the seventeenth century, Melilla and Ceuta became Spanish territories or exclaves, respectively. And while Morocco has claimed these territories several times since then, they have been unsuccessful. In my eyes, Spanish Morocco is here to stay — at least for the next decade or two. Spanish Morocco: The EU in Africa […]

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Ramadan Kareem meaning: Overview of the Muslim holiday

July 23, 2012

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TweetTo all my Muslim brothers and sisters: رمضان كريم (Ramadan Kareem)! And to the rest of my brothers and sisters: Let’s love each other no matter what’s our religion. I’m a Christ follower and love all people, just as He would Learn more about the Ramadan Kareem meaning and the festivities that take place during this Holy […]

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Essaouira Morocco photos: Architectural postcards

April 20, 2012

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Essaouira door

TweetToday’s postcards include Essaouira Morocco photos. The focal point is the town’s architecture, as I am obsessed with Arab design and buildings I went on a road trip around Morocco almost every weekend when I studied Islamic Civilization and Arabic at Al Akhawayn University. Essaouira Morocco is one of the many places I visited. My favorite […]

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Atlas Studios Morocco: World’s Largest Film Studio! (photos)

April 18, 2012

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Atlas Studios Morocco, Ouarzazate

TweetOf my favorite things to do in Morocco, Ouarzazate attractions are among the top of my list. It is the picture-perfect place in the middle of the Sahara, away from civilization, with amazing kasbahs and places of interest. Best of all? It is home to Atlas Studios Morocco: Hollywood’s playgrounds Also dubbed the Hollywood of […]

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Green Middle East: Plethora of photos ahead (plus Iran)! #FriFotos

March 16, 2012

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green Iranian landscape

TweetToday’s theme is “Green Middle East” and these photos are meant to show you another beautiful side of one of my favorite regions in the world. Indeed, there is much more than vast deserts found in the Arab world. Hope you enjoy the shots! Green Iran Gorgeous green landscape in Iran – WHOA! Green Egypt […]

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Things to do in Morocco: A feast for the senses (photo essay)

March 13, 2012

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things to do in Morocco, cooking class

TweetI learned about the best things to do in Morocco after living there for a semester abroad. I had the opportunity to take many road trips and visit many cities more than once. For this reason, today I’m curating certain cities and telling you which are my favorite things to do in Morocco. Part 2 likely […]

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Couscous history: A delicious photo essay!

March 8, 2012

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couscous history, modifications

TweetI decided to do something fun today and share with you a brief post about couscous history–my favorite Moroccan dish. Just had lunch, but writing about this made me hungry again! Origins Did you know that couscous is actually a Berber pasta dish? As such, it’s funny to hear several rumors about couscous history and […]

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Locals in the Middle East: A short photo essay

February 24, 2012

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Bedouin girl, locals in the Middle East

TweetEver wondered what the locals in the Middle East and North Africa look like or where they come from? In celebration of this week’s FriFotos topic, I will give you a short intro and cultural background of some of the different peoples of the region. Bedouins Bedouins are the desert nomads of Arabia. Divided into […]

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Ifrane, Morocco: Africa’s Little Switzerland (photo essay)

February 3, 2012

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TweetIfrane (إفران‎), Morocco is one of the few places in the African continent where snow falls almost every winter. For this very reason, the French developed this town after an Alpine village in the early 20th century (Protectorate Era), which explains the village’s extremely European flair. And at an elevation of 5,460 ft., this Moroccan town also […]

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