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Vol 56 No 10

Published 15th May 2015


Sufism’s soft power

The monarch uses the country’s long Sufi tradition to help its foreign policy and neutralise its enemies

The effort by King Mohammed VI to extend Moroccan influence in West Africa depends in part on the country's historic Sufi ties with turuq (brotherhoods or orders) across the region. The spiritual dimension and the King's status as a religious leader – Al Amir al Mouminin (Commander of the Faithful) – are elements in Rabat's goal of creating and maintaining a zone of influence in what it calls Greater North-West Africa.

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