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Using Moroccan sources associated with the Islamist movement, this paper outlines the theological and political challenges facing Morocco in terms of violent extremism, especially those posed by certain Wahhabi and Salafist views that reject mainstream Moroccan Islam. It outlines the state’s response to terrorism and evaluates its causes as offered by several Islamist Moroccan intellectuals.

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Jack Vahram Kalpakian holds a doctorate in International Studies from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. He specializes in Security Studies, International Political Economy and the Middle East/North Africa as well as the Sudan. Since August 2001, Kalpakian has been teaching at Al Akhawayn University Ifrane -- a Moroccan university following the American tertiary education pattern in Morocco. Originally from the Sudan, Kalpakian is a native speaker of Arabic.

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