The peoples of Morocco... - Berbers, Arabs & Jews

Berbers, Arabs & Jews in Morocco

Berbers, Arabs & Jews

Morocco's population is composed of two major ethnic groups: the indigenous Amazighen (Berbers) and the Arabs, who arrived in the 8th century bringing Islam with them. There has been so much intermarriage between Amazighen and Arabs since then that distinctions are largely meaningless.

Prior to the mass exodus of Jews between 1948 and 1967, Morocco also had a population of over 250,000 Jews. Fewer than 5,000 now remain. Evidence of Jewish culture can still be seen in the older towns, especially in the mellah (Jewish quarter). 

Click the Play button to hear a Berber man singing as he shapes pieces of marble. Wonderful singing.


A short film made by a young Moroccan Jew (still living in Morocco today) about the Jewish past of Morocco and the relationships between Moroccan Jews and Muslims.

 

 

 

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I am sure we will be travelling with your company again..

Thank you for your email. We had a great holiday in Morocco and would definitely like to return. In fact we can't think why we haven't been before!

All the arrangements made by your company went very smoothly indeed and we would be very happy to recommend Lawrence of Morocco.

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Jane Huntley

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Freelance travel writer, Stephen Bayley, travelled to Fes with Lawrence of Morocco in April 2013, writing for the Independent.

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Max Lawrence - MD Lawrence of Morocco

When travelling around Morocco it is not (contrary to common belief) necessary for women to ‘cover up’ out of respect for local modesty traditions. Morocco is a very mixed society with Moroccans who dress as westerners and more traditional families dressing in a more traditional way.

The only areas of the country where it is advisable for women to cover up their legs and shoulders would be in some parts of the High Atlas Mountains (very remote areas) where the locals are rarely visited by foreigners. It is highly unlikely that you will be visiting these areas on any holiday arranged by Lawrence of Morocco.

Max Lawrence, Owner

First travelled to Morocco in 1986. Lived and worked in Marrakech for 12 years.