Les agadirs de l'Anti-Atlas occidental

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AGADIRE-TITELBILD ● Complete inventory and documentation of all collective granaries (agadirs) of the Anti-Atlas mountains in Southern Morocco

● Descriptive presentation, enriched by attractive images of these very photogenic and mysterious buildings which deserve to be protected as a cultural heritage.

● A voluminous book with new reserach results and a systematic presentation of all 107 agadirs which are in a good or acceptable condition and of further 67 agadirs which are in ruins. With over 700 coloured photos, thematic and topographic maps, oblique aerial photographs and satellite images.

● Precise advice and suggestions for the visit of the agadirs are given, namely: spatial situation of the object and accessibility by car, architectural details and further special features. The book is an indispensable source for cultural tourists interested in the agadirs of the Moroccan Anti-Atlas mountains.

Brief description:

The monograph on the collective graneries (agadirs) in the South Moroccan Anti-Atlas mountains provides for the first time a complete, systematically presented and richly illustrated documentation of all agadirs in this region. These buildings represent an architecture dating from former centuries which is highly attractive, but inspite of this largely unfamiliar. They embody a broad range of sites, layouts, draughts and building materials. In the past the agadirs were used (and some of them still are) as collective graneries for the storage of agricultural products in the zone close to the agronomic aridity fringe in Southern Morocco. Their traditional function has in many cases got lost in the last decades. But there is still a third of agadirs which have been in use up to now. Today in addition to that the agadirs are witnesses and representatives of a valuable cultural heritage which deserves protection and a functional revival.

The published volume was written by three geographers: Prof. Herbert Popp from the University of Bayreuth, Germany, in cooperation with Prof. Mohamed Aït Hamza from the Royal Institute of Berber Research (IRCAM) in Rabat, Morocco, and Prof. Brahim El Fasskaoui from the Moulay Ismaïl University of Meknès, Morocco. It is the result of a research project on the collective granaries in the Maghreb countries. This project includes, on the one hand, a synthesis, a re-evaluation and critical review of the cultural heritage of the agadirs in its numerous aspects of territorial, historic, social and architectural dimensions, and on the other hand, a systematic and comprehensive documentation of more or less all agadirs in the Moroccan Anti-Atlas mountains – which is opulently illustrated with numerous photos, maps, satellite images and oblique aerial views. The book is an indispensable starting point for any further study of these objects, for a systematic conservation policy and for an intelligent revival and mise en scène of this heritage.


The contents of the volume:

500 pages with 77 illustrations, 5 text boxes and 12 illustrative large photos as well as, for every single one of the 107 agadirs: specification of GPS position, detailed photos, precise satellite images, map sketches of the spatial environment of the objects, approx. 600 further illustrations; flap, in a slipcase

Here you will find the 18-page table of contents in PDF format.

AGADIRE-KARTE_kl Map with all agadirs AGADIRE-Liste_kl List of all agadirs

Publisher:  Naturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Bayreuth e.V.,
                   c/o Prof. Dr. H. Popp,
                   Universität Bayreuth, Lehrstuhl Stadtgeographie, 95440 Bayreuth, Germany
Printing: Ellwanger Druck und Verlags GmbH, Bayreuth, Germany



If you want to order the volume, please send an email to ute.meyer@uni-bayreuth.de with your name and address. The volume is then sent to you immediately after payment to the below mentioned account.

Prepayment (in Germany) for the volume €  69,-   
Packing and shipment charges €    5,50
  totals: € 74,50
Prepayment (European Union) for the volume €  69,-   
Packing and shipment charges €  10,50
  totals: € 79,50
Prepayment (rest of the world) for the volume €  69,-   
Packing and shipment charges €  15,30
  totals: € 84,30

Order address:      Naturwissenschaftliche Gesellschaft Bayreuth
                               c/o Lehrstuhl Stadtgeographie
                               Universitätsstraße 30
                               95447 Bayreuth


Banking details:   NGB, c/o Prof. Popp, Bayreuth
                              Account nr.: 20553764
                              Bank: Sparkasse Bayreuth
                              IBAN: DE07 7735 0110 0020 5537 64
                              BIC: BYLADEM1SBT


Delivery: as a parcel to the specified address


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