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Abdallah Laroui (Arabic: عبدالله العروي) is a Moroccan historian and novelist writing in Arabic and French. He is considered one of Morocco's leading intellectuals.

He was born in Azemmour in 1933. He taught at the University Mohammed V in Rabat until 2000. He has written 5 novels (o.a. L’Exil (Sindbad-Actes Sud, 1998)).


  • Les Carnets d'Idriss, 2008
  • Le Maroc et Hassan II, 2005
  • Islam et Histoire : essai d’épistémologie (Albin Michel, 1999).
  • Islam et modernité (La Découverte, 1986) : Il y a quelques années, l'intellectuel arabe était sommé de prendre position à l'égard du marxisme, aujourd'hui, c'est par rapport à l’islam qu’il doit se positionner.
  • L’Histoire du Maghreb : un essai de synthèse (Librarie Francois Maspero, 1970).
  • La Crise des intellectuels arabes : traditionalisme ou historicisme ? (La Découverte, 1978).
  • Les Origines sociales et culturelles du nationalisme marocain (1830-1912). Paris, 1977.
  • L’Idéologie arabe contemporaine (1967 - La Découverte, 1982) : Un essai qui a marqué la production intellectuelle arabe.

In translation:

  • THE CRISIS OF THE ARAB INTELLECTUAL: Traditionalism or Historicism? (1976) (ISBN 0520029712)
  • The History of the Maghreb: An Interpretive Essay, Ralph Manheim, trans. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1979).

External links

Lecture by Laroui "Western Orientalism and Liberal Islam: Mutual Distrust?" Abdallah Laroui, Fulbright 50th Anniversary Distinguished Fellow, (Lecture delivered at the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting in Providence, RI)



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