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Title:The Paradoxical Linkage of the 'Ulama' and Monarch in Morocco
Author:Bowen, Donna L.
Periodical:Maghreb Review
Geographic term:Morocco
heads of State
Religion and Witchcraft
Politics and Government
History and Exploration
Abstract:In an attempt effectively to delinate the functions of the religious scholar in relation to the state and at the same time augment his own position, King Hassan II of Morocco has downplayed the position of the 'ulama' hoping to accomplish two things. First, to eliminate any potential independent power base which they could command, bringing them well into his system, and second, to enable his government to focus on secular development programmes without being tied to traditional institutions, i.e. to modernise without too many restrictions. By limiting the power and influence of the 'ulama' for his own political purposes, however, the King has at the same time weakened the religious supports of this state and increased his government's vulnerability to attack from Muslim fundamentalist opposition. Notes, ref.