I had mentioned to the katib of the Governor of the Province of Taza that I should like to have a chanted reading from the Koran. Accordingly, he arranged with the Habous (the organization dealing with all religious property of Islam) to provide me with their best reader. There are various musical traditions for such readings; this one is in the Andaluz tradition,And while it is not expert, it is a good example of the kind of improvised prosody which is common in Morocco. Again in Fez, subsequently, I made the same request for another such reading, and was categorically refused, on the grounds that it was not becoming for the words of the sacred book to be recorded for unbelievers to listen to.”
Bowles, Paul F. "Taza." in Folk, Popular, and Art Music of Morocco. The Paul Bowles Moroccan Music Collection. Washington, DC: American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 1959-1962.
The Paul Bowles Moroccan Music Collection (AFC 1960/001), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Courtesy of the Paul Bowles Estate and Irene Hermann / Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies