With a strong family connection to Morocco since early childhood, Tahir Shah is fascinated with the way the Occident has described the Kingdom over the last two centuries.
Until the relatively recent advent of mass tourism, Morocco was regarded as a mysterious and far-flung realm – the Gateway to Africa. A land that’s influenced Europe for centuries, its roots sink down deep into the Sahara; its culture and traditions so very different from those lands north of the Straits of Gibraltar.
In this collection of Moroccan Anthologies, Shah arranges selected texts by theme. Penned over a span of more than two hundred years by adventurers and dignitaries, diplomats and ordinary travellers, these treasuries of writing offer the sharpest of observations... not only on Morocco itself, but on those who documented their journeys there.