A total of 26 items that are part of Morocco’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage have been inscribed on the Islamic World Heritage List of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).
The records of Moroccan couscous, Moroccan caftan, Moroccan salt art, mahdara, melhoune, Moroccan calligraphy, saharaouia tent, Moroccan culinary art, the art of dekka marrakchia and many others have been registered on this prestigious list recognizing the ancestral heritage of the kingdom.
The Islamic World Heritage Committee at ISESCO has also recognized several elements of intangible heritage, such as the beldi chant of Tafilalet, the music of Ala also known as Tarab Andaloussi, the Moussem of Assa and Moulay Abdellah Amhgar, the female songs of Taroudannt, the Sahrawi dance of Lguedra.
The making techniques of the Jellaba of Ouezzane, the dance of Allaoui from the Oriental region, the porter’s lodge of the Rifaine women, the boat of Essaouira, the art of woodwork, the brocade of Fez… have also been added to the list of Moroccan heritage recognized by ISESCO.
The Tunisian, Mohamed Zine El Abidine, former Minister of Culture, currently head of the culture and communication sector at the Organization of the Islamic World for Education, Science and Culture, the former Tunisian Minister of culture, indicated on the occasion of the inscription of Moroccan heritage on the list of Islamic heritage that “the Kingdom of Morocco has a very great cultural heritage, material and non-material, and it is a rich history”
Zine El Abidine, who is also an expert at UNESCO, added in a statement to MoroccoLatestNews that “ISESCO is very honored to present and promote this Moroccan heritage, each time these files reach us, of course within the limit their response to methodological and scientific standards and to historical and heritage controls”.
The expert praised the heritage of Morocco and “its harmony with the spirit of history and the attachment to values, the attachment to all the characteristics of the Islamic world”, he also added that this link between the Morocco and the Islamic world is explained by its political system of monarchy, and thanks to a “spirit in which the ancient values are preserved, with the manifestation of this Islam between modernity and tradition”.
The former Tunisian Minister of Culture continued: “The Kingdom of Morocco represents this Islamic world, the Arab-Islamic world, and the diverse world around Islam (…) and we look forward to enhancing, rationalizing and consolidate this heritage and make it more and more known”.
Zine El Abidine added that the renewal of the list of heritage in the Islamic world in comes down to ISESCO’s interest in heritage in general, cultural policies and heritage in the Islamic world in particular, “because it It is a rich and diversified heritage which must be given the place it deserves on the world and international stage”.