A convention establishing the “Hebrew Law Chair” at the Mohammed V University in Rabat was signed on Wednesday in Essaouira. For the royal adviser and founding president of the Essaouira-Mogador Association, André Azoulay, present at the signing ceremony, the creation of this chair “will be a milestone in history”.
“With the creation of the Chair on Hebrew Law in Morocco, Essaouira has another first to its credit, which now vividly embodies the centrality of diversity at the highest level of our university curricula,” he said. .
Azoulay, speaking at Bayt Dakira, retraced the progress made since the launch almost 2 years ago, still in Essaouira, of school curricula “reviewed and corrected to teach our children the richness, depth and legitimacy of all the civilizations which, over the millennia, have nourished and determined the uniqueness of our society”.
It is in this perspective that the royal adviser highlighted “the coherence and continuity that sign this exemplary commitment and give its full meaning to the King’s pioneering message at the UNESCO Summit meeting in New York in 2019, a message visionary and who already underlined the primacy of Education to win the battle of modernity and to provide the only worthwhile response to the challenges of extremism and the deadly regressions that the Community of Nations is too often confronted with”.
Azoulay also praised “the emblematic voluntarism of the prestigious Mohammed V University in Rabat which, in partnership with the Hebrew Law Research Center of Bayt Dakira, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Essaouira-Mogador Association, has chosen to carry on the baptismal fronts a Chair which will be a milestone in history”.
“In Morocco as elsewhere, today as yesterday, the Law frames, organizes and regulates the life and progress of our societies”, added Azoulay, paying homage in conclusion to “the impressive academic and pedagogical college which has mobilized with conviction and activism to give the best chance of success, credibility and rigor to this Chair, the birth of which was greeted with enthusiasm by the scientific community all around Morocco”.
Initialed by the president of the Mohammed V University of Rabat, Mohammed Rhachi, the founding president of the center for studies and research in Hebrew law in Morocco, Abdellah Ouzitane and the executive president of the Essaouira Mogador Association, Tarik Ottmani, the convention aims to promote research of excellence in the field of Hebrew law in Morocco, to constitute a place of exchange and debate around relations and dialogue between Islam and Judaism as well as a documentary fund in relation to the aforementioned objectives, and to promote the Moroccan experience of rabbinical jurisdictions both in their organization and in their production of case law.
It also aims to contribute to the establishment of training in Hebrew law in Morocco, to design and implement research programs mobilizing researchers (doctoral students, post-doctoral students) national and foreign, internal or external to the Chair, organize doctoral supervision workshops, schedule and lead scientific meetings and establish any institutional cooperation related to its missions.