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Référence :

in Le fondamentalisme. Décryptage d’une logique, Karthala,  2016, 131 – 154.

French

2016

Morocco, a fundamentalist state?

The fundamentalist attitude has several variations. In the Moroccan context, the mechanisms of state fundamentalism are linked in particular to the genealogical referent of the Alaouite dynasty in power. The latter claims the fundamentalist identity in the sense of its unfailing connection to the Prophet of Islam, through his daughter Fatima. From this point of view, the case of Morocco is interesting because the monarchical power, as the embodiment of the Moroccan state and supreme political actor, puts forward a definition of fundamentalism based on a combination of both religious resources, genealogical and political.

“L’attitude fondamentaliste compte plusieurs déclinaisons. Dans le contexte marocain, les mécanismes du fondamentalisme étatique sont liés notamment au référent généalogique de la dynastie alaouite au pouvoir. Cette dernière revendique l’identité fondamentaliste dans le sens de son lien indéfectible au Prophète de l’islam, par sa fille Fatima. De ce point de vue, le cas du Maroc est intéressant car le pouvoir monarchique, en tant qu’incarnation de l’État marocain et acteur politique suprême, met en avant une définition du fondamentalisme qui s’appuie sur une combinaison des ressources à la fois religieuses, généalogiques et politiques.”

Ali Mostfa

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Islam & Otherness. Proceedings of the Pluriel congress in Beirut

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From Islamic Reference to Conservative Pragmatism – The Sinuous Paths of the Moroccan JDP Discourse

"The relationship between the political and religious fields in Morocco is generally based on tactical choices and pragmatic issues, often far from simple ideological orientations. In this context,...

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Authority in Islam. What regulation? Proceedings of the symposium.

“It is often said: “”no clergy in Islam””. In the absence of a hierarchical and universal magisterial authority, what are the instances and figures that serve as regul...

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Religious Radicalism. The Challenges of an Ill-Defined Concept in Europe

Ali Mostfa, professor of linguistics and discourse analysis at the Catholic University of Lyon, analyses the semantic shifts about the notion of religious radicalism, particularly since the Septemb...

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Otherness And Spatial Dimension In The Arabic Language And Culture

Etymologically, the noun âkhar from the verb âkhara, rather draws the action of postponing, أَخَّرَ العَمَلَ, or temporarily deprogramming an action. al-âkhar on some other hand does not establish ...

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Discourses and strategies of otherness: Crossed perspectives and analyses

Summary: The interest of discourse analysis is to highlight the articulations of texts and social locations (Maingueneau, 2012). Questioning the functioning of these formations and the conditions o...

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