Morocco Under King Hassan
Written by a Foreign Correspondent resident in Morocco since 1952, Morocco under King Hassan is an impartial chronicle of all the major events in the North African kingdom during this period, relating how the king, who claimed to be a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, reigned for more than thirty years, despite attempts by leftists, the military and Muslim fundamentalists to overthrow him.
Due to strict press laws, no Moroccan has ever published a dispassionate account of the country and its monarchy. Most books on the subject tend to fall into one of two categories - those that are hymns of praise for the Moroccan monarchy, and those arguing that it is one of the most despotic and reactionary regimes in the world. Morocco under King Hassan is a journalist's objective view of the country he has lived in for more than forty years. The book covers the nationalist struggle for independence, conflicts with neighbouring Algeria, the guerilla war in Western Sahara and all the other major political, economic and social developments that have turned Morocco into a multiparty democracy with a liberal economic system, unique in the Arab world.
Under King Hassan, Morocco was modernized while retaining its ancient traditions and culture and at the same time promoting religious tolerance. Political stability at home and the king's moderating influence in the Middle East and in foreign affairs have generally won Morocco many friends.
This book offers insight into the inner workings of an endearing and complex country and will provide the reader with a better understanding and appreciation of Morocco and the Moroccans.
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