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Elon University

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Spring 2015

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Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights


As international adoption is becoming a much more common reality for many orphans and abandoned children worldwide, it is an important time to consider the implications of attitudes regarding adoption in Morocco—an Islamic state which defines adoption in a very specific but different way from the Western world. Despite the abundance of literature analyzing the historical and legal aspects of adoption in Morocco, there is a notable absence of research that examines the opinions of Moroccans removed from the adoption process on the institution itself. This study seeks to highlight potential trends in attitudes regarding adoption by examining the views of university students in Rabat, Morocco. Through the distribution and collection of 332 written surveys to students at Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco, supplemented with the results from a small focus group of five English language students, we are now able to begin to draw conclusions on issues specific to adoption in Morocco such as openness to adoption, gender preference, and the role of Islam and identity on the practice of kafala. The relatively young population may also give insight on the direction of developments in adoption in the future.


African Studies | Community-Based Research | Family, Life Course, and Society | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Religion | Sociology of Culture


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