Morocco’s complex identity: African, Amazigh, and Arab

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The Moroccan football team’s outstanding performance during the World Cup was a rare moment of unity for a region often divided by political conflicts. Everyone seemed to agree on Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bounou’s handsomeness, trying their best to pronounce ‘Dima Maghrib’ correctly while rooting for the first ‘Arab’ team in history to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament. However, pan-Arab bonding over the Atlas Lions’ impressive victories also sparked a wider debate about the complex cultural dimensions of Morocco’s national identity. “It feels like we were never Arab enough to b…

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