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Professor Releases Book About Moroccan Monarchy

A political science professor at Oklahoma City University who specializes in Middle East studies is releasing his book this week titled “Moroccan Monarchy and the Islamist Challenge.”

Mohamed Daadaoui was born and raised in Morocco and began his education at the University of Caddi Ayyad Morocco. He spent almost five years researching the dynamics of his home country’s monarchial system for the book that is being distributed through Palgrave Macmillan publishing.

  “The book is timely and comes amidst the tide of Arab spring that is sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa,” Daadaoui said. "The Moroccan monarchy has managed to hold onto power despite some unique challenges facing other countries in the area. The monarchy’s religious authority and its use of rituals of power impede the ability of Islamist and other opposition groups to mobilize and penetrate Moroccan society. The prevalence of this cultural and social hegemony contributes to the stability and resilience of the monarchical authoritarian regime in Morocco. While other Arab regimes are facing challenges to their survival, the Moroccan monarchy seems more firm and stronger than it used to be.”

The book has been gathering praise from scholars across the country.

“Mohamed Daadaoui returns culture to the focus of how Arab regimes can endure their many challenges — especially from their Islamist oppositions,” stated professor Russell E. Lucas of Florida International University’s Department of Politics & International Relations. “Yet in contrast to both the essentialism of the media and the institutional focus of most scholars, his study of Morocco provides a welcomed multi-dimensional approach towards culture. He elegantly points out that legitimacy is not a given. It is an explicit strategy built by leaders.”

Daadaoui’s other research interests include comparative politics, international relations, international security, political Islam, democratization, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the prevalence of authoritarianism in MENA.

Daadaoui has contributed a chapter to the Encyclopedia of Children and Women's Issues in the Middle East and North Africa. He is also the author of “The Western Sahara Conflict: Towards a Constructivist Approach to the Self-Determination Discourse,” published in The Journal of North African Studies. His other published papers include “Party Politics and Elections in Morocco” by the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C., and “Rituals of Power and Political Parties in Morocco: Limited Elections as Positional Strategies” in the Middle Eastern Studies journal.

Daadaoui earned his master’s degree in political science with a focus on Middle East studies from the University of Arkansas and his doctorate degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma.

For more information or to purchase the book, visit the link: http://us.macmillan.com/moroccanmonarchyandtheislamistchallenge