The Impact of Religion on the Constitutional Policy in Morocco - December 2021

The Impact of Religion on the Constitutional Policy in Morocco

Taking a middle ground between states that have opted for religious neutrality and others that adopted Islamic law or Shariah as their main source of legislation, Morocco has chosen a third constitutional path that aims to alleviate tensions with regards to the religious character of the state, yet at the same time reveals that the carefully-worded provisions that promote religion in the Moroccan constitution are not simply an expression of identity, but rather a state policy largely backed by institutional resources. this paper presents arguments that shed light on the politics of constitutional processes, offering analysis at the intersection of constitutionality, politics and religion. It also takes interest in examining the complex relations between religion and the state in the existing Moroccan constitutional arrangements, taking into account the particular historical, cultural, political and legal contexts of Morocco.