Behind the Moroccan Terrorist Connection: State Policies and Saudi Wahhabism

Maghraoui, Abdeslam (2004) Behind the Moroccan Terrorist Connection: State Policies and Saudi Wahhabism. Elcano Newsletter (1). 5 p.. ISSN 1698-5184

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Abstract

Contrary to what is usually believed, a survey by the Pew Research Center indicates that religious intolerance and radicalization is wide and deep in Moroccan society. The involvement of Moroccans in most major terrorist attacks in the world during the past two years has shattered Morocco’s image as a moderate, democratizing monarchy. While this can partly be blamed on the effects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Moroccan authorities are also to blame for fostering institutionalized religious intolerance and for providing all sorts of facilities for the importation of the most literal, rigorous and inflexible form of Islam: the teachings of the followers of Muhammad Ibn Abdel Wahhab (fl. 1750s), who provided religious legitimacy to an otherwise tribal monarchy in Saudi Arabia. Radical and violent groups in the Muslim world draw on this tradition. Judging from the involvement of an unusually high number of Moroccans in terrorist attacks, it is safe to suggest that the Wahhabi Islam is more widespread than we think.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Estudio sólo disponible en inglés
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mediterráneo y Mundo Árabe
Subjects: INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION > INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS > TERRORISM.
INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK > POLITICS > PUBLIC OPINION
CULTURE; SOCIETY > SOCIAL SCIENCES > SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS
CULTURE; SOCIETY > ETHICS; RELIGION > FUNDAMENTALISM
Divisions: Real Instituto Elcano, RIE
Depositing User: Jorge Horcas Pulido
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2012 03:09
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2012 03:09
URI: http://biblioteca.ribei.org/id/eprint/603

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