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OTHER SCRIPTS: المغرب (Arabic), ⵍⵎⴰⵖⵔⵉⴱ (Berber)
OTHER FORMS: Maroc (French), al-Maghrib (Arabic)
Meaning & History
The Arabic name, المغرب (al-Maghrib)
, is derived from المملكة المغربية (al-Mamlakah al-Maghribiyyah)
meaning "Kingdom of the West", referring to Morocco's geographical location in comparison to the mainland Middle East. The English name, Morocco
, is from Spanish Marruecos
, which is derived from Marrakesh
, the medieval Latin name of ancient Morocco's Almoravid Dynasty and Almohad Caliphate. Many Asian countries such as Iran, Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan still refer to Morocco as مراكش (Marrakesh)
. The Kingdom of Morocco is a sovereign nation in the Maghreb
(to which is shares its name's etymological origin with) of Northern Africa.