International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987



Location: Morocco


Explore Fes el-Bali, otherwise known as Old Fes, one of the largest and best-preserved medieval cities in the world. Students will make room for donkeys as they walk among the bustling bazaars and sacred mosques and learn the techniques used by the city's many skilled artisans, including the famous leather tanners. While exploring Fes, students drop in on the workshops of a range of local artisans and craftspeople, including herbalists, weavers, potters, and world-renowned tanners, who make the leather goods for which the Medina is most famous.

Students will:

Have access to English excerpts of Ibn Khaldun's Muqaddimah. Ibn Khaldun was a notable alumni of Al-Karaouine University who lived, traveled and wrote during the 14th century. We discuss his concept of asabiyya (in English: binding force or social cohesion) in relation to the Arab Spring movement.

Be able to identify some of the cultural, political and religious influences that have impacted Fes' history, architecture, and cuisine.

Engage in conversations with local shopkeepers and learn, by haggling over prices of goods in an intensely experiential way, how the local Moroccan and tourist economies really function.

Available in the following sessions