Political Islam in Morocco: negotiating the Kingdom’s liberal space
Dalmasso, Emanuela and Cavatorta, Francesco (2011) Political Islam in Morocco: negotiating the Kingdom’s liberal space. Contemporary Arab Affairs, 4 (4). pp. 484-500. ISSN 1755-0920
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The uprisings of the Arab spring have highlighted the weakness of traditional opposition actors which have been unable to predict and lead the revolutions. This paper, focusing on the case of Morocco, examines how the discourses and practices of the regime shaped the complex field of Political Islam, contributing to two distinct but interlinked phenomena. On the one hand, they have managed to lead Islamists and seculars to overcome many of their previous divisions to sustain common battles in the name of democracy and human rights. On the other they have deepened rifts and divisions among Islamists themselves on the crucial issue of political reforms.
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