Succeeding by surviving: Examining the durability of political Islam in Morocco

Avi Spiegel
Moroccan Islamists have proven resilient in the wake of the Arab Spring and have offered a different model of Islamist participation that partly reflects the country's unique monarchical context. The Brotherhood-inspired Justice and Development Party (PJD) has secured a foothold in government through an accommodationist posture towards Morocco's monarchy, while the anti-monarchical popular movement Al Adl Wal Ihsan has sustained its appeal and access through non-violent activism. RETHINKING
more » ... ism. RETHINKING POLITICAL ISLAM SERIES August 2015 About this Series: The Rethinking Political Islam series is an innovative effort to understand how the developments following the Arab uprisings have shaped-and in some cases altered-the strategies, agendas, and self-conceptions of Islamist movements throughout the Muslim world. The project engages scholars of political Islam through in-depth research and dialogue to provide a systematic, crosscountry comparison of the trajectory of political Islam in 12 key countries: Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan, as well as Malaysia and Indonesia. This is accomplished through three stages:  A working paper for each country, produced by an author who has conducted on-the-ground research and engaged with the relevant Islamist actors.  A reaction essay in which authors reflect on and respond to the other country cases.  A final draft incorporating the insights gleaned from the months of dialogue and discussion.