The conference is one of many moves that strengthen the role of Morocco as a regional leader in terms of curbing extremism and terrorism.
Rabat – The research and study center at the Mohammadia League of Scholars, “Rabita Mohammadia of Ulema,” is organizing the second conference on “the role of religious institutions in reinforcing the ability of youth to prevent extremism.”
The two-day conference is set to take place at the institution’s headquarters in Rabat, starting on Friday, December 6. The event is a collaboration between the league of scholars and the UN office in Rabat.
The event aims to open up a dialogue between governmental institutions, civil society, UN organizations, and religious bodies.
Experts from various fields and from several Arab and African countries will attend the conference. The participants will share their experiences in preventing extremism in its different forms.
The organizers explain that the conference also aims to present explanations of religious texts that emphasize the value of safety, security, and tolerance.
Participants expect the event to result in practical strategies for national and regional religious institutions that will strengthen the role of women and youth in preventing extremism.
The conference is also expected to launch a committee to supervise the implementation of the strategies and their results.
The event will include a number of activities, including seminars, storytelling, and workshops.
King Mohammed VI founded the Mohammadia League of Scholars in February 2006. The organization’s main goals are defining and promoting the values of moderate Islam, organizing scientific and cultural events on Islamic studies, and ensuring collaboration between scholars, intellectuals, and cultural and religious organizations both in Morocco and in the region.
The league of scholars is one of many institutions that bring international recognition to Morocco’s counterterrorism efforts.
In November 2019, the US State Department’s 2018 Country Report on Terrorism praised Morocco’s efficient handling of terrorist threats.
Morocco is an active participant in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. The kingdom is also a member of the Global Counterterrorism Forum and is currently its co-chair with the Netherlands.
Regionally, Morocco is a member of the African Union Peace and Security Council and an active member of the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership.
Morocco is also a member of the Middle East and North Africa Financial Action Task Force that aims to prevent the financing of terrorist organizations.