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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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Suits and Djellabas

Suits and Djellabas

(p.165) Chapter 8 Suits and Djellabas
Young Islam

Avi Max Spiegel

Princeton University Press

This chapter argues that young Islamists' constructions of authority are complex and multilayered. They have personalized religious authority by circulating it away from a single reading of a single figure, even one as supposedly central as their “guide.” They have re-appropriated and reconfigured the organization Yassine once established and the scope and the range of the guide's substantive reach. They have even re-appropriated Yassine's memory. From spiritual guide to secular politician, the roles assigned to the head of their organization are constructed to fit their own desires, and, in so doing, they preserve and embrace individual choice, making room for multiple voices within their movement.

Keywords:   Islamist movements, Morocco, young men, Islamists, religious authority, Yassine

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