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[The Hill] Hopeful signs for religious reform in the Arab world

Edward Gabriel, the U.S. ambassador to Morocco from 1997-2001, published an op-ed on Moroccan efforts to teach moderate religious values focused on tolerance and openness to counter extremism and radical religious interpretation:

thehill-logo-bigThe Hill (April 9, 2018) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s visit to the United States has generated much press and excitement about the future monarch, a leader who appears to be committed to religious, socio-economic and political reforms… This will come as a welcome sign to Morocco, Jordan and Tunisia, who have been grappling with significant change and reform for the better part of two decades. The first and most impressive effort concerning religious reform, however, is that led by King Mohammed VI of Morocco, who has initiated significant projects with the objective of teaching moderate religious values based on the Maliki rite of Islam, and focused on tolerance and openness to counter extremism and radical religious interpretation…[read the full story here]

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