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Embracing Pluralism

Friday, June 8, 2018 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Stanford house, 65 High St, Oxford OX1 4EL,
Garden seminar room

This paper explores the origins and evolution of contemporary Moroccan national identity, focusing on the legacy of the pre-colonial and colonial periods and the changes that have taken place as a result of social movements before and after the Arab Spring. In Morocco, Islam, Arabism and the Alawi monarchy have been the traditional pillars of the state’s image of a homogeneous and immutable national identity. However, in 2011 the current Constitution recognized Tamazight as a state language alongside Arabic, which was the first official acknowledgement of Timmuzgha (Berberity / Amazigh) identity, a significant step in reconfiguring the ideology of the state

Speaker: Rocio Velasco de Castro 

Rocío Velasco de Castro is a lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Extremadura. She has also been a lecturer at the University Abdelmalek Essaadi University of Tetuan, Morocco (2006) and postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of Seville (2001-2005). Rocío holds a PhD in Arabic Philology at the University of Seville in 2011. Her current research interests are historical Spanish-Moroccan relations, with a particular focus on Moroccan Nationalism under colonialism. She is is member of the research group Estudios Árabes Contemporáneos (Contemporary Arab Studies), affiliated with the University of Granada:




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Elisabeth Bolorinos Allard
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