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El Jadida: Mr. Abdellah Boussouf gives an inaugural lecture on Moroccan religiosity for Moroccans living in western countries

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

In an inaugural speech at the Faculty of Languages and Humanities of El Jadida on October 26, 2018, Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community living Abroad (CCME) said that Moroccan religiosity was essential to the Moroccans living abroad for dealing the challenges of pluralism in Western societies.

Mr. Abdellah Boussouf said during the conference of which the theme was "Moroccans and Moroccan religiosity," that the image of Islam is "distorted and perverted" in Western countries. Islam is percieved as a « vector » of fear while the acts commited in the name of Islam are exclusively ideological. An image that needs to be rehabilitated in societies where this corrupted vision has tarnished the very essence of Islam.Even worse, it  benefits the extreme right racist movements.

For this reason, Mr.Boussouf recalled how important the Moroccan model is, because of the unique distinction between religion and religiosity and thus of immunity and stability. He further added that it is this specificity that allows Morocco cannot but arouse admiration and interest in several countries.

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In addition, the CCME Secretary General addressed a number of issues, including the moral and existential crisis, which is essentially linked to the extreme and detrimental power of the digital world, and the question of religious leaders' knowledge of historical contexts in Western societies and European culture.

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