Abdelilah Bouasria
Moroccan Scholar & Writer
Aired: 3.12.2008 -10:00-11:00 PM EST

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Abdelilah Bouasria left Morocco for Canada in 1993 after earning a DEUG in economics. In 1996, he obtained his B.com from McGill University in Montreal while majoring in economics. In 1997, he obtained a masters degree in international relations from Sussex University in the UK. He then migrated to the United States where he obtained a masters degree in public affairs from the American University in Washington DC, where he is finishing his PhD in political science with a thesis on Sufism and politics in Morocco.

He worked for three years as a journalist at Voice of America in Washington DC and one year as a teacher and a Spanish test developer in a military institute in California.

He is the author of two books, Mamlakat al Qaht (Kingdom of Drought Nadacom: 2006), a collection of short stories and folk poems Charles Bukowski style, and Master and Disciple: Authoritarianism or the other face of Islam (Authorhouse: 2007) which is an academic book about mysticism and politics in Morocco. He published several academic articles and is now working on a novel in French about the issue of the Western Sahara.

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