A new book titled "The Moroccan Islamists" was recently published by Malika Zeghal. "The book," explains the author, "is based on an intensive field work carried out between 1999 and 2003." During this period, Malika visited and resided several times in Rabat, Fez and Casablanca and met with 'Oulemas, students of the Qarawiyyine and Dar Al-Hadith Universities, as well as with a number of people in charge of primary and secondary religious education in Morocco, which there are those who define it as the "original education." The author also met with and interviewed numerous representatives of various associations and political parties, known as Islamists.
The final result of this extensive study, reports EMarrakech, came to be a "precise and intriguing" description of the relations between Islam, power and democracy in Morocco.
Malika Zeghal is a political scientist who studies religion through the lens of Islam and power. She is particularly interested in the institutionalization of Islam in the Muslim world, with special interests in Egypt and North Africa in the postcolonial period and in Muslim diasporas in North America and Western Europe.