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Abstract

Title : The role of "The Sufi Sanctuary" in eradicating violence within the Moroccan society

Like the rest of the world, the Arabian Peninsula has two main sanctuaries: Mecca and Medina. These two locations are so sacred that all forms of violence or murder are forbidden. Islam equates the concept of sanctity with honor and righteousness. Accordingly, the role of these shrines and Sufi saints play a role in protecting both the ruled and the rulers in times of danger and distress. Many Zaouas in Morocco enjoy the status of a refuge for the oppressed and the revolutionary alike. Some of these sanctuaries offered temporal refuge to rebel princes. In these holy abodes, all forms of violence within society are restricted through holiness, and later on through legislation by decrees for reverence. The Zaoua also mediates in times collective conflict and crises.

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