In front of the Moroccan butcher shop, where ritually slaughtered halal meat is sold and thus permissible according to Islamic law, veiled women wearing caftans chat in their native language with young girls wearing mini-skirts and tube tops.
The young Berber is convinced that ever since the bomb attacks in Madrid there have been a rising number of Muslims arrested "purely based on suspicion." But a study conducted by the Spanish think tank Real Instituto Elcano in November, 2007, revealed that the general population in Spain has not become Islamophobic.
Even so, with Spanish society increasingly turning away from religion, 61 percent of the respondents said they thought that girls should not wear a headscarf to school.
All the ideas for the interior were inspired by elements in old buildings that have survived from the time of the Nasrid kingdom: the low, small tables featuring inlaid work, the wooden ceiling with carved star patterns, and the columns supporting capitals that resemble crocheted lace.
Later, when she traveled to Morocco for the first time, the architecture and craftsmanship in Fez seemed just as familiar to her as the baked goods with almonds.
That's not surprising, given that in some parts of the university -- for example, among the medical and the pharmacist students -- 60 percent of the student body comes from Morocco.
In the evenings, she's joined by her friend Hassan, 24, a law student from the Spanish exclave of Melilla.In local bakeries it smells of honey, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.The bazaar, with its 1001 Nights flair, attracts tourists until the early hours of the morning.Wearing a turban and embroidered slippers, she serves teas such as "Dreams of the Alhambra" and "The Moor's Sigh," which her boss Laila Nuria has patented.She feels "perfectly at home" in Granada, says Siham with a bright smile.He says we have to respect each other and "it's dangerous when someone thinks he has the absolute truth." A Frosty Post-Terror Climate The climate for Muslims in Spain has become frostier since the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington, which were committed under the pretext of the jihad -- and tensions have been particularly high since terror cells bombed Madrid commuter trains on March 11, 2004, causing a bloodbath in the heart of the Spanish capital. All of the country's Islamic organizations distanced themselves from the attackers.