Culture and politics in Morocco are an interactive blend of conflict and congruence. John P. Entelis argues that no single form defines Morocco's national identity and identifies four cultural patternsmonarchial, modernist, militarist, and messianicthat compete with each other yet share strong ties to an overriding cultural core of 'Muslim consensus'. This consensus explains much of the country's success in reconciling cultural differences in a relatively nonviolent manner and in creating a pluralistic, open and populist society. Entelis argues that Morocco, at a critical juncture in its postindependence history, may be able to overcome challenges from international pressures and socioeconomic problems because of its cultural harmony. Previously published in 1989 by Westview Press.
About the Author
John P. Entelis is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Middle East Studies Program at Fordham University. His previous books include State and Society in Algeria (Westview), Pluralism and Party Transformation in Lebanon (E.J. Brill) and Islam, Democracy and the State in North Africa (Indiana University Press).
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"Entelis has done a masterful job of discussing in an organized and intelligent manner the various strands of Morocco's political culture. The book is an excellent supplement to texts on Moroccan politics."
Michael W. Suleiman
"This book is a bold and masterful culture-focused analysis of Moroccan politics."
Will D. Swearingen