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The Western-Islamic Divergence: The Clash of Civilizations

Fez - Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966), one of the most important and in?uential Islamist thinkers, shared Huntington's thesis that states that ideologies and economics are not sources of con?ict in this “new world.” Rather, he claims that culture will be the major source of division and con?ict between humankind. According to this thesis, a “Clash of Civilizations” will dominate global politics. In this worldview, ...

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Why Foreign Investors Choose Morocco Over Algeria for Their Projects in Africa

Washington DC - French car maker Peugeot Citroen’s decision to build an assembly plant in Morocco came as a slap in the face for the Algerian authorities. Algeria unsuccessfully lobbied to host the factory in the city of Oran. As French, American and Chinese companies continue to invest in Morocco, Algerian officials have been intensifying their anti-Morocco rhetoric in an effort to distract domestic public ...

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Morocco: No Longer the Land of Tolerance?

By Youness Radi Orlando - Throughout history, and especially during the last century, Morocco has been lauded as a model of tolerance and openness in a part of the world where it’s extremely difficult to find either. The real strength of this land has not been economical or religious. It has always been the country’s capacity to integrate a multi-cultural approach in every aspect of life. A “live and let li ...

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Fasting in Divine Religions

Istanbul - There are three divine religions: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Each has its own unique religious obligations. Yet, as you start to learn about each religion other than the one you embrace, you will surprisingly see a great deal of commonalities. You will also learn that having differences is not a bad thing, either. The important fact to keep in mind is that even though these three faiths po ...

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A Facet of True Moroccan Character

Agadir - I will not beat around the bush for long to let you know about the essence of this article. In fact this was inspired by a few stories a veteran Moroccan soldier who has taken part in the first Indochina war as a recruit in the French Army came to let me know about. The man was talking about the horrors of war, the terrifying ordeals and dire situations the population and the soldiers alike were fa ...

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To Fast or Not to Fast: From The Perspective of a Non-Muslim Living in Morocco

By Gina Furfaro Rabat - Ramadan has commenced! As a non-Muslim American living in Morocco, I know well enough not to eat or drink in public while Moroccans are fasting. What I don’t know is whether or not to fast myself. After days of mental turmoil and probing both Moroccans and fellow foreigners, I have observed the issue from several perspectives. From a religious perspective: I am not a Muslim. Therefor ...

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Princess Lalla Joumala, Spearhead of Efficient Moroccan Royal Diplomacy

Rabat - When you meet her for the first time, you are immediately enchanted by her proverbial simplicity, tremendous politeness, predisposition to listen attentively and willingness to talk and give her feedback away from any etiquette often associated with blue-blooded people. She is a faithful reflection of her parents the late Lalla Fatima Zohra and the late Moulay Ali, who were very devout Muslims, genu ...

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The Joy of Ramadan for Muslims

Istanbul - Ramadan is a time of joy for Muslims. No matter how difficult things might have been before, as soon as this beautiful month arrives, an air of solace, a beautiful break from the everyday mayhem, comes along. And one doesn't even need to be religious to notice this change in the air. From Jakarta to Istanbul, Beijing to New York, Muslims all around the world enjoy the excitement of this time of t ...

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Gaddida: The Ritual Cure of Sterility in Ashura

El Jadida - Ashura seems to be the most convenient ritual occasion in Moroccan lore to practice charming spells by some women on their husbands, burning ingredients in a small ritual fire at home or in the bonfire lighted by the boys in the street on the night of Ashura. In fact, ever since the beginnings of the New Islamic Year till the tenth of Muharram, some Moroccan women are busy preparing for the fest ...

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Morocco Voting Rights: Are We Not Moroccan Citizens?

By Fouad el Haji Amsterdam - As Morocco gears up for major local and regional elections this summer, Moroccans outside the kingdom are facing a dilemma. To vote, voters must register to vote first in their hometown. Moroccans living abroad can also register to vote.  Moroccans in the Netherlands, for example, had until February 19, 2015, to do so by appearing at one of the four Moroccan consulates in the Ne ...

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Exam Leaks Are a Threat to Morocco’s Education System

By Abdellah Ennemli Rabat - Morocco’s Ministry of Education discovered that its Baccalaureate exams had been “leaked” on social networks just a few hours before the exams were to be administered last Wednesday. At the same time, media received a copy of the mathematics exam, which turned out to be the same exam that was posted online. The Ministry of Education has announced its decision to retest all studen ...

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Stories of Marrakech Woman That Nabil Ayouch Didn’t See

Rabat - I have been trying to avoid talking about director Nabil Ayouch and his latest movie since the clips that rose havoc in Morocco went viral on the net, but the extremely strong loyalty I have for Marrakech, my native and home city, and my deep knowledge of and sensitivity to its culture and traditions have arisen in me an ardent zeal I never thought I could experience for my city and her people. This ...

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