Institut Royal des Etudes Stratégiques
What role do intellectuals play in Morocco today ?

IRES organized on May 22nd, 2009, as part of the study program "the social bond in Morocco" a study day on "What role do intellectuals play in Morocco today ? ". This study day was devoted to discussing the methodology approach and to defining the intellectuals and their role in the production or strengthening of the social bond.

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09:30

Presentation of the general theme of the social bond program

09:45

The importance of the intellectuals’ role as producers of the social bond

10:15

The literary writers’ role in pre-modern contexts and the intellectuals’ role in modern contexts, particularly those marked by a Muslim heritage

10:45

The exile of intellectuals as a means to establish dominance over a population (the case of the conquest of Jerusalem by Babylon in -587 BC)

11:15

Figures of the intellectual: from a wise man to an expert passing by committed intellectual

Mr. Adil HAJJI

11:45

Are Moroccan intellectuals a group or a branch of individuals ? Why is the stream that emerged in the ’60s is no more expressed?

12:15

The speech of the Moroccan intellectuals living abroad in the Moroccan press, Why do they express themselves while the intellectuals in Morocco do not?

Mr. Rachid BENZINE

12:30

Debate

13:30

Conclusions

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