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Mohamed Chtatou

Mohamed Chtatou
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Dr. Mohamed Chtatou is a Professor at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat. He is currently a political analyst with Moroccan, Saudi and British media on politics and culture in the Middle East and Islam and teaching Community Based Learning and Amazigh studies to American students at Amideast/Morocco in Rabat. He was born in the Amazigh village of Ajdir north of Taza, in a French colonial prison in 1952 because his parents were Liberation Army officers fighting for Moroccan Independence. He graduated from Mohammed V University in English studies with honors in 1976 then went to England where he did a General Diploma in 1977 in theoretical linguistics at University College London. In 1980 he got an MPhil from the School of Oriental and African Studies –SOAS- of the University of London in Amazigh Studies, and in 1982 a PhD in Amazigh language and anthropology. From 1983 to 1987 he worked for Peace Corps Morocco as Language and Cross-Culture Coordinator and Project Director. He served several times as inter-port lecturer in Middle East politics and culture with the Semester at Sea program of Pittsburgh University. In 1987, he joined the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization –ISESCO- where he worked until 2013 as a program specialist and later as a director in the Directorate of Education (worked on functional literacy, women empowerment, education planning, curriculum design, teacher training, education of rural women and girls, special education, higher education, etc,), the Directorate of Culture (worked on dialogue of cultures, inter-faith dialogue, women in development, cultural production, etc.) and the Directorate of External Relations and Cooperation (worked on cooperation with UN agencies, UNESCO, Alliance of Civilizations, WHO, FAO, UNFPA, etc.). He lectured in education at Mohammed V University since 1984. He has conducted over 200 trainings in education, literacy, empowerment, culture and development in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. He has published several books on language and culture and over 60 articles in Arabic, French, English and Spanish in his areas of specialization.

Reflections on the Libyan predicament 

Rabat- Libya today has become quite a persistent headache for the world community, in general, and Europe, in particular. NATO is surely regretting bitterly...

Is violent Islamism’s end at hand?

Rabat - The fearful Islamic State has been duly defeated by a Western-Islamic coalition through a combination of aerial pinpoint bombardment and a land offensive...

Is War at Hand Yet Again in the Middle East?

Rabat- Iran has probably lied about its nuclear program. But hasn’t Israel also? It seems that the geographical name the Middle East is truly inappropriate for...

Cyber Political Activism is in Full Swing in Morocco

Rabat - After the Hirak protests of the Rif and Zagora and more recently in Jerada, Moroccans need to find another form of civilian resistance...

If I were Polisario, I would not bank much on Algeria’s...

Rabat - A recent survey about happiness in Morocco, showed unambiguously that the people of the Sahara region are the happiest and the merriest...

Mohammed Bin Salman Adds Israel to his Address Book and Deletes...

Rabat - To say that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman –MBS- is blunt is truly an understatement through and through. During his recent visit...

Aspects of The Moroccan Exception

Rabat - Morocco is viewed by many as an exception to the norm of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The extent...

Is Today’s Libya Synonymous of Limbo?

Rabat - Very much like what happened with Somalia many decades ago, after the overthrow of its dictator Siad Barre in 1991, Libya is...

Algeria: Disaster is at the Doorstep

Rabat - In the aftermath of the Arab Spring that some people are now calling the “Arab Winter,” the MENA region has been defined...

Colombian contemporary literature pays a gracious visit to the International University...

Rabat - It is not every day that one touches ground with the rich and gratifying Latin American literature and writers, this time around...

Is the Digital Revolution Benevolent or Malevolent to Humanity?

Rabat - The third millennium saw the advent of the digital revolution in a very spectacular way: computers invaded every home and place of...

Is Casablanca truly a nightmare city?

Rabat - Foreigners visiting Morocco are not attracted, in the least, by Casablanca  and common Moroccans are always baffled by that attitude and want...

Morocco, Magnificent Land of Contrasts

Rabat - To know a land requires one to understand the nuances within it: how natives interact with their locale, how natives interact with...

Implications of Saudi Crown Prince’s Unprecedented Shakes up

Rabat - The Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmane (MBS) is shaking up the ultraconservative Al-Saud Kingdom to its roots. The failed Arab Spring has...

Accountability, Mon Amour

Rabat - Traditionally speaking, Moroccan officials embezzled money, took bribes, practiced nepotism and favoritism and abused power in total impunity. Worse many of these...

Moroccans and the Notion of Time

Rabat - Over 10 million tourists visited Morocco in 2013, the Minister of Tourism—then Lahcen Haddad—officially announced to the international media. This came as...

Will the “cold alliance” of the Mideast last long?

GCC: out Qatar, in Israel The alliances of the Middle East, since the end of the Ottoman Caliphate in the beginning of the last century...

The Radicalization of Young Moroccans of Diaspora: Fiction and Reality

Rabat - In recent years, young Moroccan people from the diaspora, the second and third generations, have been involved in acts of violence and...

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