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Opinion: Moroccans Would Like to See Economic Growth Not a Religious Discourse

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The North Africa Journal | In this oped, political Analyst Said Temsamani highlights the need for Morocco to focus on economic growth and move away from the religious narrative affecting political life.

“Islamism is a term that has been used to describe two very different trends,” wrote Maha Azzam, an associate fellow at Chatham House, in a recent paper on the implications of the Arab spring for British foreign policy earlier this year. “First, [it describes] the non-violent quest for an Islamic-friendly society based on the ‘principles of Islam’, which can involve a more liberal application of Islamic teachings and tradition or a more strict interpretation. Second, Islamism is also associated with violent extremism, most notably that of al-Qaida in the promotion of terrorism.”  Continue here.

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