Almost twenty years ago, bestselling British author Tahir Shah swapped his life in London’s East End for a rambling mansion located in the middle of a vast Casablanca shantytown.
Only on moving into the building with his young family did Shah come to understand the scale of the problems facing him. It was said that the house, called Dar Khalifa, was infested with legions of evil jinns.
Shah embarked on a full-scale renovation of the property, exorcised the jinns, and wrote a bestselling account about the steep learning curves, entitled The Caliph’s House. Translated into more than thirty languages, the book is regarded as a travel classic, and has recently been optioned in Hollywood.
We are thrilled to announce that the world headquarters of The Scheherazade Foundation will be at Dar Khalifa – itself a bridge between cultures, and a veritable House of Storytellers.
Within the walls of The Caliph’s House, we plan to hold cultural events and workshops concerned with the three causes we champion. It’s our hope that future generations will benefit from the magic and wonder of The Caliph’s House, as they benefit from the projects and programmes provided by The Scheherazade Foundation.