Morocco Conference

GREASE Policy Round-Table and Academic Conference

May 2022 | Fes, Morocco

Scientific Organisers:

Anna Triandafyllidou | Ryerson University (Toronto)
Tina Magazzini | European University Institute (Florence)
Mehdi Lahlou | Mohammed V University (Rabat)
Mounir Zouiten | Mohammed V University (Rabat)


Day 1 / 12 May

14.30 – 15.00
Welcome addresses | Mots de bienvenue

Chair / Président: Terry Martin (SPIA, Berlin, Germany)

Radouane Mrabet, President of the Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University, Fez
Anna Triandafyllidou, on behalf of the GREASE consortium | Consortium GREASE
Mehdi Lahlou, UM5R research team | Au nom de l’Equipe de recherche UM5R

Round-table on Policies to Prevent Radicalisation | Table-ronde sur les politiques de prévention de la radicalisation
Preventing religiously inspired violent radicalisation among youth | Prévenir la radicalisation violente d’inspiration religieuse parmi les jeunes

Chair / Présidente: Anna Triandafyllidou (Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada)

Mounir Zouiten (UM5R, Maroc), ‘’Aliénation virtuelle et regain de religiosité chez les jeunes’’
–  Hicham Khabbache (Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez), ‘’The Constant and the Variable in the Attitudes of Moroccan Islamists towards the Civil State’’
–  Azzedine Akesbi (UM5R, Maroc), ‘’Better preparation of youth to face the risks of deviance and radicalism: contribution of education and employment’’
–  Mehdi Lahlou (UM5R, Maroc), Morocco Case | ‘’Cas du Maroc’’

–  Discussion

Policy round-table snapshots

Day 2 / 13 May

Workshop / Academic Conference | Atelier / Conférence académique:
The link between the management of religion and violent radicalization
How is the state management of the religious sphere impacting the phenomena of violent radicalization? And vice versa, what kind of implications does violent radicalization have for state management of religion?

Lien entre la gestion de l’espace religieux et la radicalisation violente
Quel est l’impact de la gestion étatique de la sphère religieuse sur les phénomènes de radicalisation violente? Et inversement, quelles sont les implications de la radicalisation violente pour la gestion de la religion par l’État?

Islam, security and violent extremism in Morocco | Islam, sécurité et extrémisme violent au Maroc

Chair / Discutant: Mehdi Lahlou (UM5R)

–  Badr Karkbi (Université Mundiapolis Casablanca, Morocco), ‘’Spiritual security: variations on Moroccan religious policy’’
–  Mohamed Abdel-wouhab Rafiki (doctorant USMBA-Fès), ‘’ L’Etat marocain face au terrorisme : comparaison historique entre la période d’avant 2003 et celle d’après’’
–  Azelarabe Lahkim Bennani (Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University, Fez), ‘’Are the religious radicals outlaws or members of the normative community?’’

–  Discussion

Istitutional approaches toward Muslim minorities | Approches institutionnelles envers les minorités musulmanes

Chair / Discutant: Marat lliyasov (Vytautas Magnus University)

Ross Goodman-Brown (University of Bristol, UK), ‘’How does secularism impact Muslims in the UK?’’
–  Vito Morisco (University of Exeter, UK), ‘’Italian Muslim Communities and National Counterterrorism Strategy: On the Edge of Securitization?’’
–  Tina Magazzini (EUI, Florence, Italy), ‘’A self-fulfilling prophecy? Researching institutional trust towards Muslims in France’’


Between radicalisam and moderation | Entre radicalisme et modération

Chair / Discutant: Egdūnas Račius (Vytautas Magnus University)

–  Metin Koca (Istanbul Bilgi University), ‘’Beyond Radicals and Moderates: How Violent Extremism Confronts Youths Pursuing Religious Purity’’
Muhammad Rezaur Rahman (University of Bristol) ‘’Religious Diversity and Violent Religious Radicalisation in Bangladesh’’
–  Amanda tho Seeth (Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany), ‘’The discourse on a moderate Islam á la Indonesia: Mapping multiple dimensions, actors and effects’’

–  Discussion

17.15 – 17.45
Concluding remarks | Remarques conclusives: Anna Triandafyllidou & Mounir Zouiten

Academic conference snapshots