The House of Illigh


A Historic crossroads between Timbuktu, Morocco and Europe. Edited by Bert Hogervorst.


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In this book, authors transport the reader into the extraordinary House of Illigh in the deep south of Morocco. This now-forgotten corner was once a hub for caravans bringing merchandise from Timbuktu across the Sahara to Illigh and beyond. These goods ultimately supplied both the national and European markets.

To this very day, Illigh’s towering fortress walls bear witness to the role of the Aboudmiaas, a local ruling family in the 17th and 19th centuries. Although the Trans-Saharan trade brought them power, influence and wealth, it also created envy, destruction and family feuds.

Trade made way for research in the 20th and 21st centuries. The Aboudmiaas worked with the academic Paul Pascon on recording and sharing Illigh’s heritage. Some of the contributors to this book were part of Pascon’s original research team.

Writing in either French or English, 14 authors provide a unique, richly illustrated and integral history that, for the first time, also highlights Illigh’s relationship with the Netherlands. The preface is by Dr. Léon Buskens, Director of the NIMAR (the Netherlands Institute in Morocco).
The House of Illigh was compiled by Bert Hogervorst.


Publishers: Cultural Heritage Publications & Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech, 2021
ISBN: 978-90-831507-1-0
Language: A variety of articles in English or French
Paperback: 108 pages, full colour
Dimensions: 28.5 x 20 x 6.1 cm


About Bert Hogervorst
Bert Hogervorst is fascinated by ancient handwritten texts about everyday life. As a student, she gained Master’s degrees in Classics (Greek Literature) and Egyptology with Greek Papyrology, Demotic and Coptic as minors. Since then, sharing knowledge about Near Eastern and North African cultures has been a constant theme in her working life. Besides presenting lectures and writing articles and a book, she has also introduced many visitors to these regions. This began with Egypt - where she also learned Arabic – and now includes Morocco. It was there that she discovered the Kasbah of Illigh and its historic archive.

Aicha Aboudmiaa, Peti Buchel, Mohammed Ennaji, Bert Hogervorst, Paolo De Mas, Keltoum Mosdik, Herman Obdeijn, Paul Pascon, Mohamed Saadouni, Daniel Schroeter, Harry Stroomer, Dominique Verdugo, Ian Whitelaw & Annie Wright.

Reviews (a selection)

Un livre collective soigné comme un bijou et édité par Bert Hogervorst
Mohammed Ennaji, Morocco

I read every word of La Maison d’Illigh, right up to the tiniest footnote… And I loved it, it is a wonderful academic work…
Annick, France

Het ziet er zo smeuïg uit dat je meteen wil gaan lezen!
Lizet, The Netherlands

Het is echt heel erg mooi! De vele informatie via wat op voetnoten lijkt vind ik echt prachtig. Ik ben er heel blij mee!
Marie, The Netherlands

Your Completely Gorgeous Books arrived today! Wow, they are spectacular! I knew they would be, but they are even more beautiful than I imagined. I look forward to reading them and soaking up the images.
Frankie, Canada

Additional information

Weight 392 g
Dimensions 28,5 × 20 × 0,5 cm