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Young IslamThe New Politics of Religion in Morocco and the Arab World$
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Avi Max Spiegel

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159843

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159843.001.0001

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Regulating Islam

Regulating Islam

(p.129) Chapter 6 Regulating Islam
Young Islam

Avi Max Spiegel

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers the question of how an authoritarian Arab state enables or encumbers Islamist mobilization. It elucidates a different model of state action—different in both content and form: in what policies are pursued and in how they are implemented. The chapter suggests that the Moroccan state under King Mohammed VI has not simply elevated one Islamist group at the expense of the other, but rather, it has aimed to impede and impel distinct forms of activism within groups—in this case, attempting to draw new divides between religious and political modes of activism. These are policies that can be understood not simply by the old theory of divide and conquer, but by one more aptly conceptualized as selective suppression.

Keywords:   Islamist movements, Morocco, regulation, state action, authoritarian Arab state, King Mohammed VI, activism, selective suppression

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