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Oregon State University

Publication Date

Spring 2016

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Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights


Democracy and Islam are generally assumed as incompatible, which leads to further assumptions towards the notion that democracy in Muslim majority states can not be reconciled. The presence of a religious political culture appears as the main hindrance for sound democratic structures. However, it appears that the absence stems from other prominent factors. This paper extends the rhetoric that Islam and democracy can be compatible and a lack of democracy is dependent on specific authoritarian structures. Morocco, a Muslim majority state that is going through democratization offers data to gauge whether or not democratic practice is present within the general society. The present study attempts to explore the ways democracy is defined because of the way the majority of the population agree that it is the best form of government is democracy. There was specific analysis on measuring the extent of democratic values and practices that is engaged by the general Moroccan sentiment. Although it was found that general Moroccan sentiment isn’t democratic on all regards, this still cannot be used to explain that Islam and democracy are incompatible.


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