National Geographic : 1935 Jun
MODERN LIFE IN MOROCCO, WESTERN OUTPOST OF ISLAM THE SULTAN NOW LIVES IN THIS NEW MOORISH PALACE AT RABAT Theoretically he is an absolute monarch, but actually his empire is divided into three zones, one under French authority, another under the Spanish, and the third international. He dwells in the French Zone, usually at Rabat, but occasionally at Fez, Marrakech, or Meknes. "HONOR THE DATE PALM, FOR SHE IS YOUR MOTHER" So said the Prophet. And to millions in North Africa the nourishing fruit is bread and meat. Some of these women date venders from the desert near Marrakech are scrupulous about covering their faces; others neglect that formality (see Plate I).