Morocco's King Mohammed VI allowing Female Imams to take charge


Morocco's King Mohammed VI allowing Female Imams to take charge
by Darius Kadivar

The Moroccan government has found a new weapon in the war against extremism --female priests. It's hopes that women will spread a more balanced and tolerant version of Islam. The King in Morocco is deemed as a direct descendent of the Prophet. In his recent Speech to the nation King Mohammed V declared his aims of transforming his kingdom into a genuine Constitutional Monarchy (as in the UK or Spain or other European Monarchies), and presented himself as a Royal Citizen, hence officially relinquishing the "Sacred" nature of his status. In the new Constitutional Reforms, if amended at the upcoming referendum, Islam will remain the official religion of the country, however freedom of cult and belief in any religion will be tolerated.


Morocco’s Female Imams (Report from 2006) :

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Thousands of mosques in Morocco are led by badly educated Imams. The State considers these mosques breeding ground for terrorism and is closing them down."They are extremist groupings in Mosques", states student Abd Salam.The King himself is behind many of the new reforms. Two years ago, he caused a minor scandal when he allowed a woman to read out the traditional Ramadan sermon for the first time. Now he wants women to play a leading role in modernizing Islam and is allowing them to become Imams. Demands for a new,feminist interpretation of the Koran are coming from all sides. "We want a revolution -- but rather a soft revolution from within", states writer Asma Lamrabet. "We still have a long way to go. But we'll try."



MOROCCO : The European Neighbourhood

(European Union’s Report on
Status of Women in Morocco)



MOROCCO : The European Neighbourhood :

Women in Morocco are the topic of this program made available by the European Parliament

Morocco model for women (CNN Report From 2009):

Women's rights in Northern Africa are changing for the better. CNN's Seema Mathur reports.

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    Of Mohammed VI

    by پندارنیک on

    No one, absolutely no one can accuse this king of jumping on the bandwagon of reforms....................He started or at least tried to start fundamental changes in his land shortly after he was throned............The thing is that corruption is embedded within the society. I'm afraid he won't be able to survive..............He'll be greatly missed.............

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    In rural Morocco, women have traditionally not gone out to work, but the soaring demand for Argan oil has changed that.

    Dozens of cooperatives across the south west of the country now produce the profitable oil which is used in cooking and cosmetics, and it has made many women there the main breadwinners at home.

    Their success is encouraging other women to set up businesses of their own.

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    thnks for posting dk

    by humanbeing on

    this is very interesting. and i may be naive, but it have instilled optimism.