FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Friday, June 22, 2012

50 Shades of Islam: the Rise of Morocco's Democratic "Islamarchy"

BONUS LINK:  My entire (so far) grad school notes collection can be found here. 

Below is a paper I wrote recently on Islam in Morocco.  Here's a snippet.  As are most things, it's a work in progress.

"Failing to acknowledge the critical role of Islamism in Morocco ignores the role Islam plays as the connective tissue between all of its institutions. A democratic Islamarchy is a version of Islamism that is more palatable to Western democracies than Islamism itself in any other country. For as long as there is a pro-western authoritarian king in place, the public at large can extol the Islamists’ parliamentary rise, confident that King Muhammad will never allow the “one vote, once” phenomenon to occur, and confident that legislature will remaining an echo chamber—loud at times but void of power and prone to royal manipulation and division."

50 Shades of Islam: the Rise of Morocco's Democratic Islamarchy

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