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Defending the FaithGlobal Histories of Apologetics and Politics in the Twentieth Century$
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Todd Weir and Hugh McLeod

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266915

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266915.001.0001

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Sacred Values: Islam, Communism, and Moroccan Nationalism in the Long 1960s

Sacred Values: Islam, Communism, and Moroccan Nationalism in the Long 1960s

(p.211) 10 Sacred Values: Islam, Communism, and Moroccan Nationalism in the Long 1960s
Defending the Faith

Alma Rachel Heckman

British Academy

This chapter examines efforts of Jews and Muslims in Morocco to reconcile communism with Moroccan nationalism predicated on Islam, centered on the figure of the King as the amir al-mu’minin (Commander of the Faithful) through the long 1960s. The stakes for Jewish and Muslim communists in this setting were high, including the need to demonstrate authenticity and legitimacy of their political movement in the face of accusations of communism as a foreign, colonial, and thus inorganic movement within Morocco. The long 1960s included a major leftist student uprising in 1965, several constitutional crises, and two attempted coups, all of which heightened the existential tension of the Moroccan left within the Islamist monarchy.

Keywords:   Commander of the Faithful, Ali Yata, Moroccan Communist Party, Party of Liberation and Socialism, Cold War, Islam, Judaism, Post Colonial

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