26 [English] Islamic Geometric Art and the World’s Biggest Couch Fort: Interview with Dr. Craig Kaplan

In this episode, Chad interviews Dr. Craig Kaplan, Associate Professor in the Computer Graphics Lab, School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo.

YouTube Video

Images coming soon!
Taprats program
Seal of Solomon خاتم سليمان
  • Moroccan pattern [image]
  • Moroccan fountain [image]
  • Afghan wooden screen [image]

Traditional manufacturing

Moroccan homes inside and outside

Cutting zelige tiles with an ax

Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry

Fudge it = “Near miss”

Alhambra [images]

Image of Dr. Kaplan explaining that Moroccan zellige patterns are hard for computers to generate (2015).


Interlacing قاطع و مقطوع [image]

Nail dots, dimpling [image]

Art of Islamic Pattern

Eid al-Adha

Feral Cats


Moroccan Medinas = The World’s Biggest Couch Fort

Tomb of Moulay Ismail

25 [English/Darija] Au Revoir Alif – French Origin, Darija Pronunciation

In this episode, Chad describes the rule that Darija tends to drop an initial alit, which obscures the origin of several French words.

Automobile – automobile – طوموبيل

Bus – autobus – طوبيس

Apartment – appartement – برطما

Hospital – hôpital – صبيطار

This rule was previously discussed in Episode 3: Basic Darija Phonetics. 


24 [English] Living with a Moroccan Host Family

Eid Mubarak everyone! This episode was recorded In this episode, Addie tells Abdessamad about her experience living with her Moroccan host family. List for details on culture shock, hospitality, religion, and great learning opportunities. Also, learn that Darija is real Arabic and you should try it!


23 [Darija] Slam and Rap Phonetics in Morocco – Interview with Sarah Schwartz

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In this episode Chad interviews guest Sarah Schwartz on her Fulbright research. Learn about the social role of rap and slam poetry in Morocco, and their their distinct phonetic features.

مورة \مرّة – next (temporal and spatial)

22 [Darija] Let Sleeping Camels Lie

Season 4 is back, for real!

In this episode, guest Addie tells Abdessamad her favorite Darija expression and discusses her experience as a student who has done multiple study abroad programs in Morocco.101_0611

“خلي داك الجمل راكد”

ك = G في هاد السياق


MBS 021 ‘Awashir Mabrouka + Start of Ramadan | عواشر مبروكة

In this episode, Chad and Abdessamad discuss ‘Awashir (the ten days before Ramadan) and the start of Ramadan in Morocco.

Please forgive the terrible sound quality as we continue to figure out our solution to the VoIP issue.

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20 [Eng/Darija] “I Wouldn’t Mind” / Sufi Lodges and the Hajj

In this episode:

We explain the term “ماكرهتش” literally “I don’t hate…”

Matt and I discuss his research on the role of Sufi orders in organizing Hajj caravans, which maintained the link between Maghreb and Mashriq.


17 [Eng] Happy Valentine’s: The Legendary Fertility of Moulay Ismael, Interview with Dr. Elisabeth Oberzaucher

Shownotes at: http://www.mazyanbizaf.com/mbs017/

Transcript and additional notes coming later this week!

“The Case of Moulay Ismael – Fact or Fancy?” by Elisabeth Oberzaucher and Karl Grammer

The 2015 Ig Nobel Prize Winners (see: Mathematics)


Figure 2. The potential reproductive outcome is related to the harem size. Oberzaucher E, Grammer K (2014) The Case of Moulay Ismael - Fact or Fancy? PLoS ONE 9(2): e85292. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0085292