Research Article

The Orthodox Dichotomy between the Secular and Islamic Feminisms in Moroccan Young Activists


  • Fatima Ezzahraa El Fattah PhD Student, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, University, Dhar El Mharaz. Fez, Morocco; Part-time teacher at the British Council, Rabat. Morocco


 There has been an ongoing interest in youth activism in recent decades, especially in western countries where youth organizations and associations are very common in schools and colleges. Heather Lewis-Charp et al. confirm that although there is an increasing interest in youth political engagement, there are very few empirical studies on the subject matter (Shawn Ginwright 2006, 22). This lack of research applies to the issue of youth activism and political engagement not just in Morocco, but across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In the wake of the so-called Arab spring, the focus on youth political engagement and activism grew, given the important role of youth and other marginalized communities – especially women – in protests around the region. In Morocco, a large number of the protesters in the February 20th movement were young people; of these, many were actively associated with feminist organizations and work. This is in contrast to the continued association between feminist activism in Morocco and older generations. This chapter will start by sketching a history of feminist movements and organizations in Morocco and will follow with a discussion of recent activist work by two prominent activists, Zineb Fasiki and Youssef Gherradi. 

Article information


Journal of Gender, Culture and Society

Volume (Issue)

1 (1)





How to Cite

El Fattah, F. E. (2021). The Orthodox Dichotomy between the Secular and Islamic Feminisms in Moroccan Young Activists. Journal of Gender, Culture and Society, 1(1), 14–21.



Secular and Islamic Feminisms, Moroccan Young Activists