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  2. Speaker Profile (Basic Information…hometown, career, family, etc…)
  3. Morocco on the map
  4. Basic Information Full Name: The Kingdom of Morocco Population:37,457,971 (2022) Capital: Rabat Largest city: Casablanca Major language: Arabic and French Major religion: Muslim Life expectancy: Male: 73 , Female: 79 Monetary unit: Moroccan Dirham GPD per capita: 28,282 MAD ($7,700) (Adapted from CIA World Factbook)
  5. Significant Historic Events • 7th and 8th centuries: Arab invasions lead to the creation of the first Muslim Empire. • 1860s-80s: Disputes arise over Spain’s claims on the northern tip of Morocco. Spain establishes a protectorate along the Moroccan coast. • 1904: France also lays claim to regions of Morocco. • 1912: France establishes an inland protectorate. • 1921-26: French and Spanish troops suppress tribal rebellions. • 1956: French protectorate ends. • 1975: Spain leaves what will become Western Sahara. • 1976: Moroccan and Algerian troops clash over claims in Western Sahara. • 1988: Morocco and Algeria resume diplomatic relations.
  6. Famous Landmarks
  7. Language Hello: (as-salām 'alaykum) ‫السالم‬ ‫عليكم‬ Bye: m - (tosbeho ‘ala khair) ‫تصبح‬ ‫على‬ ‫خير‬ f - (tosbeheena ‘ala khair) ‫تصبحين‬ ‫على‬ ‫خير‬ My name is…: (... ismee) ... ‫اسمي‬ Thank you: (shukran) ‫شكرا‬ Please: (mīn fāḍlīkā) ‫من‬ ‫فضلك‬ I love you: (uḥibbuk) ‫أحبك‬ How are you?: m - (kayfa ḥālak) ‫كيف‬ ‫حالك؟‬ f - (kayfa ḥālik) ‫كيف‬ ‫حالك؟‬
  8. Government Monarch: Mohammed VI Prime Minister: Aziz Akhannouch (SINCE 2021) Structure: Constitutional Monarchy In 2011, the King revised the Constitution in response to “Arab Spring” protests and appointed a new government.
  9. Current Issues and Events • Disputes over Western Sahara • Environment Issues (Erosion, desertification, water contamination) • Illiteracy • Obesity • Emigration • Militant Groups (Adapted from africaw. com and BBC News 2014)
  10. Economics Currency: Moroccan Dirham Main Exports: • Clothing and textiles • Transistors and Electric components • Crude minerals and Inorganic chemicals • Petroleum products and Fertilizers (including phosphates) • Citrus fruits, Vegetables, Fish (Adapted from
  11. Everyday Life Daily life for a child: Daily life for an adult:
  12. Marriage and Gender
  13. Traditional Costumes
  14. National Festivals and Holidays • Eid El-Mawlid: Celebration of the prophet Mohammad’s birth. • Eid ul-Fitr: A feast celebrating the end of Ramadan, a holy month of fasting. • Eid Al Milad: The King’s Birthday • Eid Al Massira Al Khadra: Anniversary celebration of the Green March of November 6, 1975 when unarmed Moroccan troops marched to Western Sahara to call for its return to Moroccan control. • Fatih Muharram: Islamic New Year celebration
  15. Traditional Foods • Couscous • Bisteeya (savory layered pastry) • Tagine (meat or poultry cooked in special pottery ware with vegetables) • Harira (a tomato and lentil stew) • Kafta (grilled ground beef) • Rghaif • Bghrir • Spices
  16. Sources and Links • • factbook/geos/mo.html • •