Hassan Aourid, Politics and Religion in Morocco…The Dialectic of the Sultan and the Furqan. Beirut: The Arab Cultural Center, 2020). 232 pp. ISBN 9789953689555

The Moroccan writer Hassan Aourid presents his vision of the relationship between politics and religion in his country, taking into account the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, which created an unprecedented opening for some Arab opposition groups finally to take part in governing their respective countries. Of all these opposition actors, Islamist parties were best able to capitalize on the opening, such as the Justice and Development Party (PJD), Ennahda (Renaissance Party) and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) winning significant electoral victories in Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt, respectively.

However, the author focuses on the relationship between politics and religion in Morocco, because of the long experience of the Moroccan state and political...

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