Abdelali Hamieddine argues that the Justice and Development Party in Morocco transcends the concept of traditional Islamic parties whose discourse and programs are centered around ideology and identity-based issues. Its arrival in the executive branch has forced it to adopt a purely political agenda. Thus, it has prioritised issues of political and economic stability, public finance reform and overseeing financial balances, positive engagement with international monetary institutions, fighting corruption and shaping public life, ratifying international human rights agreements, and reforming the administration. As a result and according to the author, the PJD is a civil political party, working in public affairs with purely “secular” tools, while still maintaining a strong moral character, guided by an Islamist theoretical foundation. This is an exceptional case in the Arab world. It undoubtedly requires more follow-up, analysis, and exploration of the possibilities for the future of the relationship between religion and politics as contemporary Islamist movements see it.
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