Cambridge in Morocco: Perspectives on Islamic and North African Studies
In the midst of the historic changes that are affecting much of the Arab world, a team of Cambridge researchers are visiting Morocco to explore new perspectives in the study of the Middle East and North Africa.
“This is an opportunity to start a conversation, which we hope will keep our own analysis informed and sensitive.” Paul Anderson
The delegation, organised by the University’s Centre of Islamic Studies and the British Council, will meet some of Morocco’s most prominent academics and discuss the latest research on the region
But the real value may be in what they learn. There will be reciprocal presentations by Moroccan academics working on similar issues.
Dr Paul Anderson, Assistant Director of the Centre, said: “Middle East scholars at Cambridge and in Morocco work within different academic cultures and different languages. But we are all fascinated by the same questions. For example, what drives social and political change? Often we lose out because we do not hear each other’s voices. This is an opportunity to start a conversation, which we hope will keep our own analysis informed and sensitive.”
“Cambridge in Morocco” is part of a series of international events organised by the University’s Centre of Islamic Studies. Entitled “Cambridge In…” this project aims to initiate reciprocal intellectual conversations across traditional boundaries. The series began last year with a joint symposium at the University of Sarajevo. Since then a number of Bosnian scholars (in Islamic studies and Middle East studies) have visited Cambridge to participate in the Centre of Islamic Studies’ research activities and conferences.
- University of Cambridge Research News: Cambridge in Morocco
- Morocco World News: Symposium Cambridge in Morocco organised in partnership with the British Council