ISBN 9789954838303
Pages 244
Dimensions 320mm x 260mm
Illustrations Colour Illustrations and Colour Photographs
Published 2003
Publisher Senso Unico Editions, Morocco
Format Hardback

Le voyage du sultan Moulay Hassan au Tafilalt

Juin-dÈcembre 1893

by Amina Aouchar

Le 29 juin 1893, le Sultan Moulay Hassan, accompagné de son armée et de sa Cour, entreprend un long voyage de Fès au Tafilalt et du Tafilalt à Marrakech. La relation de ce périple, illustrée par une riche iconographie, — photographies, carnets des topographes, peintures, manuscrits… — convie le lecteur à une merveilleuse aventure dans l’espace et dans le temps. À la suite du Sultan, figure hiératique, entouré de ses armées et de son Makhzen aux usages si stricts, on découvre la diversité des paysages de l’intérieur du pays, montagnard et saharien, capturés par la caméra d’un maître photographe. Grâce aux témoignages de Marocains et d’étrangers, qui prirent part à ce voyage, le Maroc du XIXe siècle ressurgit sous nos yeux. Un livre passionnant et très documenté sur un moment important de l’histoire du Maroc et qui, en esquissant le portrait d’un homme hors du commun, ne délaisse pas l’aspect social et le quotidien.

On June 29, 1893, Sultan Moulay Hassan, escorted by his army and his court, starts a long journey from Fez to Tafilalt and then to Marrakesh. The story of this journey, illustrated by a varied iconography of photographs, topographers’ notebooks, paintings, and manuscripts, invites the reader into a thrilling adventure into time and space. 19th century Morocco reappears before our eyes through the accounts given by Moroccans and foreigners who took part in the journey. Following the Sultan’s footsteps, a hieratic figure surrounded by men and a Makhzen who abide by strict rules and customs, the reader is introduced to the landscape diversity of inland Morocco  — the Atlas mountains and the Sahara area, captured by the camera of a master photographer. The well-documented account is a captivating account of a major moment in Moroccan history. While sketching the portrait of a remarkable figure, it never ignores social aspects and people’s everyday life.

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About the Author

Amina Aouchar

Amina Aouchar has an M. A. in history, a doctorate in history at Toulouse-le Mirail University, and a State doctorate at Bordeaux III University. She is Professor of the History of International Relations at Mohammed V Rabat University, and Director of the Institut universitaire de la Recherche scientifique. She has published many articles and books, amongst which are: Fès et Meknès (Flammarion), and Rabat, une dame pour le Bouregreg (Senso Unico).