A gift of friendship from the American people : Miscellaneous Realia

The following realia items were goods donated by Spirit of America and by Americans serving in Iraq. They are understood to be gifts of friendship from the American people.

This seems like another attempt to improve perceptions and relations between the Iraqis and Americans.

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Historical Virtual Realia: Old Arabic Antique Items

The following is a collection from Rosenblumcoins.com.

Since 1971 Rosenblumcoins has specialized in all aspects of Israel, Palestine and Jewish numismatic material and ancient, medieval and modern coins, paper money, tokens and medals of the world.

1936. LOTTERY TICKET. Issued by the Muslim Community.

Decorated title in Arabic around all four sides, nice vignette of sphinx at center.

In Arabic & French. Sold for $50

LOTTERY TICKET. 1936. Issued by the Chaldeene Catholique du Caire Society.

Depicts a Nile scene, boats and Fortuna at left.

In Arabic, French & Greek! sold for $50

CHRISTIAN ARABIC IMITATIVE Half Dirham. 1251 AD. AR Half Dirham (1.46).Around a cross, the legend (in Arabic), “The Father and the Son”/”And the Holy Spirit”.

Can you recognise ( الاب والابن و الروح القدس ) in the coin?

Sold for $450

Currency Note – 1 Pound. 1950. Saad signature.

Farouk portrait at right. Arabic serial numbers only. sold for $40+

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Snow in the the Arab World

These pictures were taken in Ifrane city (nicknamed Little Switzerland) which is a town and ski resort in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco.

I have been to this city as a Scout boy when I was around 13 and I loved it – the white snow – though shocking to find in a Mediterranean country was a lot of fun for me and my friends!
If you happen to visit Ifrane, what you’ll notice about the city is that the streets are very clean, nearly free of crime, and probably the best city in northern Africa . It is only half an hour drive away from the famous city of Fez.

It was founded by the French in 1929 and is probably one of the cleanest cities in Morocco.

Ifrane is located in the heart of a region of Morocco known for its beautiful forests, lakes, mountains, and waterfalls.

Al Akhawayn University, an English speaking private university, which follows an American-curriculum, opened its doors for study in 1995. This helped re-launch Ifrane as a desirable destination for domestic tourism. Consequently, Ifrane continues to develop as both a summer and winter resort.


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