Morocco is a country that has been much invaded, much traveled though, and much written about in many languages. Positioned at the entrance to Africa-or the entrance to Europe-it has seen deep cultural cross-fertilization and the emergence of a very distinct culture at the threshold of two worlds. Its history is exciting and colorful; its ancient cities extraordinary in their preservation; and its people magnetic. It has drawn travelers and writers for many centuries, and continues to do so today, with the result that there exists a rich seam of description and sometimes quizzical (but generally very fond) appreciation, which Martin Rose, a long-time resident of the country, has been able to mine for this fascinating anthology.
Martin Rose was director of the British Council in Morocco until 2014, traveled widely, and wrote regularly about the country in his blog Mercurius Maghrebensis. His British Council career also took him to Baghdad, Rome, Brussels, and Ottawa, and he is now retired to Saffron Walden in Essex. He is a visiting fellow at the Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge.