Ibn Haldun University (IHU) has completed its program of Arabic Summer School. IHU students who successfully completed the Arabic preparatory program of the 2018-2019 academic year traveled to Casablanca, the city of Morocco, on June 28. During the one-month Summer School, our students attended lectures of proficient professors in fields of Economy, Philosophy, Sociology and more.
Besides academic seminars and lectures, our students had the opportunity to be aware of the culture and history of Morocco by exploring a new city of Morocco every weekend with a tour guide. Tours were respectively to Casablanca, the capital of Morocco, Rabat, UNESCO World Heritage-listed, Fes, Chefchaouen and Marrakesh. The students, also, had the advantage of improving their Arabic language by practicing it through the summer school.
From Casablanca to Rabat, From Fes to Marrakesh
Students who visited the Hassan II Mosque, one of the most beautiful monuments of Casablanca, and the Museum of Traditional Handicrafts, located near the mosque of Hasan II. They also met with Moroccan artists and learned about the local crafts of Morocco.
The Hassan Tower in Rabat was another stop for the students of the Arabic Summer School. Hassan Tower is the minaret of an incomplete mosque in Rabat, Morocco. Commissioned by Abu Yusuf Yaqub al-Mansur, the third Caliph of the Almohad Caliphate in 1195, the tower was intended to be the largest minaret in the world along with the mosque, also intended to be the world’s largest. When Mansur died in 1199, the works were stopped and the minaret planned to be built as 85 meters, remained as 44 meters. Since the rest of the mosque cannot be completed, only 200 columns can be seen around the minaret.
Morocco’s third largest city, Fes, with a population of over one million was another historical city that fascinated our students. The hometown of tanneries and narrow streets, is still processing and dyeing leathers by old methods, and then turned into a product. Our students had the opportunity to enter the tannery itself and see the processing of the leather closely. During their visit, they also had the opportunity to visit the Royal Palace of Fes.
Marrakesh, which is one of the first cities that come to mind when Morocco is mentioned, means the “Land of God” in Berber language. Due to color of the soil, almost all of it is red, it is called as the “Red City” by locals. Jemaa El Fnaa, the first UNESCO-protected square, is located in Medina. Since this square was the place where the executions took place in the old period, it is called as “Apocalypse Square” or the “place where the dead meet”.