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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Morocco's Crackdown on Shi'ism
This is a developing story that has been transmitted through various news agencies and websites. The Ministry of the Interior has launched a large scale crack-down against all manifestations of a "Shi'a movement" in Morocco. Various Shi'ites were apprehended and questioned about their beliefs. This comes in the aftermath of the Moroccan-Iranian diplomatic crisis. Apparently, the state has also closed an Iraqi school that has been accused of converting students to Shi'ism. Morocco is a Sunni Malikite country, in which king Mohammed VI is seen as both temporal and spiritual leader (Amir al-Mu'minine-Commander of the Faithful). Proselytizing Shiism is seen as a threat to the religious integrity of the kingdom, and as an affront to the monarchy as the symbol of Moroccan sovereignty.