Morocco: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
Morocco is a land of spectacular scenery, with a rich history,and heady with tantalizing scents and colorful sights. The call ofthe muezzin seems to draw people from every corner of the globe. In1956 Morocco gained independence from French colonial rule and wasjolted into the 20th century.Today it is a country in transition—a unique blend of Arab,African, and European ways of life. The teeming cities have an airof sophistication and joie de vivre, but life in rural areas hasstayed much the same. And while the cities are highly westernized,tradition and religion still play a vital role in the everyday lifeof most people. With rapid change came problems. Lack ofopportunity and high unemployment resulted in a "brain drain" aseducated Moroccans made their way abroad, and a fundamentalistinterpretation of Islam started gaining ground among the urbanpoor. Even so, as technology becomes widespread and the worldshrinks further, Morocco today is coming into its own.Culture Smart! Morocco describes the way the country's past hasshaped its present, advising tourists and business travelers onwhat to expect and how to behave in different situations.