In a vibrant plea for Morocco to become a secular state, Abderrahim Berrada begins by clarifying the concept of secularism, a radical separation of the religious from the political. Along the way, he speaks out against the authoritarian approach of secularism, which transforms the civil model into a new religion. The author then moves on to the application of the secular idea to the Moroccan terrain and more precisely at the levels of the state, personal status, fundamental freedoms and living together. From the beginning to the end of his essay, he insists on two things: democracy is inconceivable without liberties and therefore without secularism, the latter being the matrix of many of them; secularism cannot be dependent on any “reform” of Islam, since the two domains are separated by definition.
Lawyer since 1962, Abderrahim Berrada holds a higher education diploma (DES) in public law and another in political science. He also holds a degree in criminology. He first practiced at the Paris Bar Association before settling in Casablanca in 1966, where he was involved in all the major trials that shook Moroccan society.