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Centre for the Study of the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa


cambridge in morocco'Cambridge in Morocco' is a project for academic exchange between the University of Cambridge and universities in Morocco, which was started by Professor Yasir Suleiman, Director of the HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies (CIS). It is run jointly by the Centre for Islamic Studies in the University of Cambridge, the Moroccan-British Society in Rabat and the British Council in Morocco. CIRMENA and the Woolf Institute at University of Cambridge have also been closely involved in the initiative. Professor George Joffé, of CIRMENA, has taken an active role, participating in four conferences and seminars that have taken place since the initial visit, as well as being a member of the introductory delegation in April 2012.

(1) The lectures that were given during the introductory visit have now been published by the Université Mohammed V in Rabat under the title "Cambridge in Morocco: perspectives on North African and Islamic studies." George Joffé contributed an article on "Walter Harris and the imperial vision of Morocco" to the proceedings.

(2) The proceedings of a 2-day workshop held in Cambridge in May 2013 ), ‘Illuminating the Dark Years: Morocco from World War Two to Independence’ (more at: are to be published as a Special Issue by the Journal of North African Studies. George Joffé provided an article on "Nationalism and the bled: the Jbala from the Rif War to Istiqlal."

(3) A seminar, organised by the Moroccan-British Society, was held in Rabat in December 2013 to commemorate eight hundred years of diplomatic relations between Morocco and Britain. George Joffé provided a comment entitled "Shadows of a distant past: 

diplomatic engagement between Britain and Morocco.

(4) April 2014, a one-day workshop in Rabat on Employment in Morocco (more at: was held at the Bibliothèque Nationale; the proceedings will be published by MacMillan-Palgrave. George Joffé contributed an article on "Employment and the economic challenge."


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