Morocco: May 2010

This seminar is based in Fes, Morocco, hosted by the Arab Language Institute Fes (ALIF), the preeminent institution in the Maghreb for the teaching of Arabic as a foreign language. Classes are held in a large villa, surrounded by a luch garden and patio, in the “modern” Ville Nouvelle neighborhood.

We live in the medina of Fes, an UNESCO world heritage site, one of the largest and most enduring Medieval Islamic settlements in the world. Students experience the warm hospitality of Muslim host families and the complexity of modern and ancient Morocco in the cultural and spiritual city of Fes.

We acquire basic communication skills in Colloquial Moroccan Arabic and participate in experiential seminars on Muslim Art and Architecture, Islam in Morocco, gender roles, Amazigh (Berber) culture as well as dancing, cooking, and calligraphy lessons.

The program is enriched by trips to the imperial city of Meknes, the Roman Ruins at Volubilis, the Blue Medina of Chefchaouen, and an extended stay at a Berber oasis in the Sahara desert reached by camel.

Estimated Cost: $3500 (subject to change)
Seminar Leader: Moira Rogers
Course: CCSSC 201 Cross-cultural Social Science (3 SH)

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