By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, Morocco, March 17, 2012
According to habous.gov.ma, the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs allocated, between 2003 and 2007, a financial envelope reached one billion, 552m and 911,757 thousand MAD (1USD = 8.46 MAD) for the conduct of mosques and processing. Between 2003-2007, A budget of 172m, 482,146 thousand MAD was allocated by the same ministry to run mosques and provide the necessary equipments.
During the same period the ministry also allocated a budget reached 1 billion, 380m, and 429,593 thousand MAD to pay for those in charge of religious affairs and Imams. With so much money being spent, it’s important for us to consider how policy is decided regarding religion and its role in society.
The Moroccan Center for Studies and Contemporary Research organized a seminar last Sunday (March 11 in Rabat), during which the outline of the second copy of the report of the religious situation in Morocco in 2009-2010 was presented.
Prepared by a group of researchers in the social, political science, linguistic and Islamic Studies realms, the 450-page report shows that females outdid males in the performance of the ritual prayer, with 59% of women doing them, but just 36% of males. “
In its approach, the report relied on five core themes related to the status of religious activists and manifestations in Morocco. It focused on the challenges of religiosity and the religious effects in economic and cultural fields in addition to looking at a special component made up of Moroccan Jews. The report regarded the fact that religion is comprised of four
The draft report of the religious situation, as provided by the Moroccan Center for Studies and Contemporary Research, is innovative in its form and came to promote a crossover between issues in the religious and the social science realms, and to describe, analyze and explore the religious situation in Morocco, as well as provide accurate knowledge to researchers and decision-makers in order for them to be more effectively in influencing the public policies in this field.
The report presented the major religious orientations of
The report says that in 2009 and 2010, for the first time social scientists thought to try to quantify the strands of religious thought that exist in Morocco, in order to grasp a clearer picture of it.
They describe how:
1. Indicators are demonstrating an increase in religiosity.
2. Institutional initiatives of late have been popular.
3. Social actors in the religious field are seeking to adapt to changes.
4. The rise of religiosity is becoming a dominant force in Moroccan society
5. Influence from the field of religious issues is altering the dynamics of how the Moroccan government creates national and
The important thing to consider hrough this report are the ways in which religion and religiosity-two things that I feel are different from each other- are having an impact on the way our country is run both in the government and on the street. When government money is used to support religion, it is a good sign that the government is taking the time to see how religion affects the daily lives of its people, rather than having its own beliefs thrust upon us.
An Englis Teacher, Larbi Arbaoui has been teaching English for more than 5 years. He studied English language and literature in Moulay Ismail University, Faculty of Arts and Human sciences, Meknes. He Attended and participated as a speaker in several Regional colloquium of the Moroccan Association of Teachers of English. He wrote a short play entitled « Aicha, the Talented Student » performed in Dar Athaqafa, Zagora. He is a Contributor to Morocco World News.
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