Reform of Moudawana: Lights and Shadows of Personal Status Code in Morocco

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Deeply modifying the dispositions dating back to 1957, the reform of the
Moroccan family code, the Moudawana, came in 2004 after a long and sometimes
dramatic process promoted by Moroccan women against retrograde Islamists and
male domination and was welcomed as one of the most advanced texts regarding
family law in Arab and Muslim countries. The new law had a strong echo due to
the ability to reconcile universal human rights principles and the country's
Islamic heritage in a society experiencing disorienting changes, at half way
between the construction of a secular identity and the Islamist revival in the
framework of an incomplete transition toward democratisation. The present paper
aims to investigate lights and shadows of the Moroccan family law showing an
overview of the debate and clime of suspicion generated by the reform process,
through a photography of the perception of the Moudawana collected among the
postgraduate students of the most ancient faculty of the Moroccan capital, the
Faculté des Lettres et des Sciencies Humaines of Rabat.

Keywords: Morocco, Moudawana, women's rights, Islam, students' attitude
Stream: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , , Improving Women’s Rights in Morocco

Manuela Deiana

PhD student, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Cagliari
Cagliari, Italy

Manuela Deiana received her 4-years-degree (laurea) in Political Sciences in the branch of International politics from the University of Cagliari. She discussed a final dissertation on "Under the sign of an indefinite oppression. Revolution and nationalism in Algeria". Involved in the field of international cooperation she has worked with international NGOs dealing with micro-credit, women's issues, children protection. Currently at the 2nd year of a PhD on History, Institutions and International relations of contemporary Africa with a research project about Morocco during the independence period. Interested in Moroccan issues such as immigration, women’s role, democratic transition.

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