Dates for our next Morocco Illuminated Tours will be, insha'allah, in May 2022.
Important update: In these uncertain days of monitoring the quarantine, we are proceeding with an abundance of caution. We are projecting a return to Morocco in May 2022, insha'allah, for participants who are fully vaccinated. Stay tuned with future updates. We fully expect both the Morocco and the Turkey program to be filled quickly, given the desire of many friends to resume international travel. We do recommend securing a spot as you are able to do so.
This program is designed for people who want to have an intimate, insider's look at the rich legacy of Muslim societies in terms of arts, religion, history, and spirituality.
The program is designed by Professor Omid Safi, who has taken hundreds of people in the last two decades as part of his educational tours. The Morocco program will be led by a combination of our Morocco-based experts Courtney Erwin, Adnane Raiss, Peter Abdul-Latif Dziedzic, as well as Omid Safi .
There are many different ways to see the world, and no one program is right for everyone.
What sets this program apart?
We will spend the first four nights in Marrakech, with visits to the significant Sufi shrines and madrasas there, as well as the beautiful desert scenes around Marrakech. We will offer on-site lectures throughout the program, which is the distinctive feature of Illuminated Tours. We’ll then move to Fez, one of the best preserved medieval cities in the world. Every evening, we will have a nightly discussion that is focused around the Sufi tradition. The accommodations are, whenever possible, in traditional Moroccan riads (“garden hotels”) that have preserved the distinctive Maghribi aesthetic.
You will have the expert advice of leading scholars of Islam guiding you each step of the way, deciphering the complex world of this rich culture with you. Courtney Erwin is a Moroccan-based expert, with an amazing and infectious passion for Morocco, and superb insider connections and expertise. Adnane Raiss is a Moroccan expert, deeply rooted in the Sufi tradition, with an incredible network of NGO and business connections in Moroccan. Peter Abdul-Latif Dziedzic is a Harvard-trained scholar of religion with extraordinary insights about the rich Sufi tradition of Morocco.
Together, they offer us an incomparable insiders' view to the richness of Moroccan culture.