Religious Tensions in Moroccan College Campuses

Julia Cabrera, SIT Graduate Institute - Study Abroad

Morocco: Field Studies in Journalism and New Media

The Pitch

For more than four decades, the Moroccan state has fueled tensions between leftist and religious students on campuses. This is an attempt to weaken the leftists who demand democracy in this North African kingdom. This story will look at students caught in this ideological war: students who feel discriminated against for their religious beliefs and secular students who are trying to resist the predominance of religion. Professors and Deans are also struggling. For example, with new rules that let a student leave class to pray, raising concerns about the balance between education and religion.