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Morocco is a country located on the northwest corner of Africa. Although it is predominantly Sunnī Muslim, its cultural and religious heritage is multifaceted due to its unique combination of ethnic groups and influences from Europe and the Middle East.

The native term for the country is Al-Maghreb, which means “place of sunset” in Arabic. Historically, this name also applied to greater North Africa, as its location west of the Levant identified it with the sunset. Morocco has more than 30 million inhabitants, most of whom are of Berber, Arab, or mixed Berber-Arab ethnicity. The official language is Arabic, although the spoken dialect, Moroccan Arabic, is rather different from the Modern Standard Arabic of Middle Eastern print and official speech. In addition to Arabic, French is ...

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