Colonial Legacies, Religion and Politics in the Maghrib: Reflections on Morocco & Algeria

Date & Time: Friday, March 25, 2022, 12 p.m.
Location: Coor Hall 4403 & Zoom

Colonial legacies and the integration of religious and political systems is a common theme across the Maghrib and is one aspect that characterizes the region. The nature of these legacies and current dynamics vary significantly, however, from how colonialism affected the societies, to how religious and political institutions are mutually constructed. This talk will contrast historical themes in in de-colonization and state-building in Morocco and Algeria, and how these histories have resulted in the current nation-states.

About the Speaker:

Mary Jane C. Parmentier is a clinical professor in the School for the Future of Innovation and Society and the College of Global Futures at Arizona State University. From 1986-1988, professor Parmentier served as a Peace Corps volunteer near Marrakesh, Morocco, teaching high school English. Since her appointment at Arizona State University in 1999, her research and curriculum development have focused on the role of technology in economic, social and political development and the regions of North Africa and Latin American development, and she is a founding faculty member of the M.S. in Global Technology and Development. She is also a senior sustainability scientist with the Global Institute of Sustainability & Innovation. She is proficient in spoken and written Spanish and French, and is conversant in Moroccan Arabic and Portugues.