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Taking Morocco as its concentration, this e-book seems to be on the political switch within the nation in view that 1990. It areas specific emphasis on key subject matters, equivalent to civil society, human rights and reform, as important matters for knowing the advancements within the modern heart East.

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18 The last pre-colonial example presented here in order to examine the possibility of autonomous action outside the sphere of the Sultan is el-Kattani’s role in the reversal of the bay’a of Sultan Abd al-Aziz in 1908. He was another historical figure that embodied the myth of the righteous-man-of-god who dared to defy an unjust Sultan. He was one of the main figures who tried to give the bay’a an explicitly contractual meaning, against the submissive tradition and practice. The fact that he was killed shortly afterward by the Sultan Abd al-Hafidh should not be taken as a sign of his weakness, but rather as a sign of his strength and ability to lead the masses.

This analysis goes beyond an analysis of traditions and characteristics of political contestation that were established in Moroccan political thought and practice and that still influence modern Islamic thinking in Morocco,2 but it takes these traditions and characteristics as its starting point. The possibility to express dissent in pre-colonial Morocco When Morocco gained its independence in 1956, Mohamed Lahbabi published a book entitled Le Gouvernement Marocain à l’Aube du Vingtième Siècle.

Chapter 6 discusses the reactions of the state to this challenge to its hegemony. Two sets of reactions will be identified: ‘discursive’ and ‘strategic’ reactions. The first section of the chapter discusses the discursive reactions of the state, aiming to illustrate the state’s interaction with Berber and human rights and women’s rights discourses. With the help of quantitative data, its aim is to illustrate that the reaction of the state depended on a particular discourse’s representation and features.

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