Moroccan National Identity

What makes a Moroccan a Moroccan? This month’s topic grapples with the question of Moroccan identity, and some of our essayists’ answers might surprise you.



Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

What makes a Moroccan a Moroccan?

This month, we’re grappling with the question of Moroccan identity, a complex thing. Moroccans are Arab and Amazigh, Muslim and Jewish, Francophone and Arabophone.  The country is in some ways deeply divided–between the religious and secular, the rural and urban, the rich and the poor–but at the same time bound by a common thread of “Moroccannness.”

So, what constitutes Moroccan identity in 2010?  The answer is by no means a simple one.  This month, we’ll hear from 8 contributors who each represent various aspects of “Moroccanness.”  Some are Moroccan-born, but have left their country in search of something else.  Others have remained.  Still others are not Moroccan by nationality, but feel a part of the vast fabric that makes up Moroccan life.

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7 comments on “Moroccan National Identity”

  1. I wanted to thank you for this excellent read!! I definitely loved every little bit of it. I have you bookmarked your site to check out the latest stuff you post. keep doing good work

  2. Aziz Fettah

    To identify the Moroccan identity, I think we have to identify what you have refered in your article as a common thread of “Moroccannness.”. It is very important to segregate between the Moroccan nationality and the Moroccan Identity. The Moroccan nationality has lost its importance for many. Has been devaluated one way or the other. Many are seeking other nationalities (Canadian, American, French….). The good news is the thread of customs, culture and history is there and still ties us all together and define our identity mostly abroad. We all get together when it comes to a soccer game, Musical event, traditional holidays, cuisine, fashion and arts. As we do so, others, recognize our identity clearly. However, I cannot see our identity in our TV programs , government management, language and I cannot even see our identity in the new generation living in Morocco.

  3. rachid abouabdellah

    hi everyone
    am new to this forum but i liked it very much
    well, the quetion of MOROCCANNESS is very wide ,it has all together been shaped by many factors, many ethnicities and races .First the amazigh population who inhabited MOROCCO since the early records in this area , after that came the Romans, the pheniciens and then the arabs , bringing Islam , the religion, the culture, the traditions, Islam has been a very important factor in the shaping of the Moroccan identiy since it unified both arabs and berbers , Islam in Morocco has always been and will always be a factor of unifying , but this doesn’t exclude other religions which also live inside the country .Whats more is that the geographical position of MOROCCO has helped in the shaping of the MOROCCAN identity not forcelly genetically speaking but culturally speaking.

  4. i m going to moroco on august i have the old morocain identity card i have to changes when i coming back from morocco becaus i need birth cirtificat from moroco is no problem to go to morocco whith de old one intil i coming back from morocco in ichange it thank you

    • Abderrahman

      reply to el asla:

      No you do not need your CIN. I did not have one since 1985. You can use your passport (MA or US or EU, etc). If you remember your CIN#, that will make things easy for security services at the point of entry to do their job. They are usually nice and professional and will simply write your CIN# on your passport for future uses if you don’t have it. You don’t need it for exit or entry purposes. So go visit and contribute to the economy. Your Tamazirt welcomes you!

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