Abdallah Laroui

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Abdallah Laroui (Arabic: عبدالله العروي‎; born 7 November 1933) is a Moroccan historian and novelist writing in Arabic and French. He is considered one of Morocco's leading intellectuals.[1][2]

Born in , in Azemmour, Laroui taught at the University Mohammed V in Rabat until 2000. He has written five novels (o.a. L'Exil (Sindbad-Actes Sud, 1998)).[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2017 he was awarded the Sheikh Zayed Book Award for "Cultural Personality of the Year",[4][5] the premier category with a prize of 1 million dirhams.


  • 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
  • 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
In translation
  • The Crisis of the Arab Intellectual: Traditionalism or Historicism? (1976) (ISBN 0-520-02971-2)
  • The History of the Maghreb: An Interpretive Essay, Ralph Manheim, trans. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1979).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jean Jacques Waardenburg, Islam: historical, social, and political perspectives, Walter de Gruyter, 2002, p.145-147
  2. ^ Youssef M. Choueiri, Arab history and the nation-state: a study in modern Arab historiography, Routledge, 1989, p.165
  3. ^ Salim Jay, Dictionnaire des écrivains marocains, Eddif, 2005 , pp 243-244
  4. ^ "Sheikh Zayed Book Award Names Abdallah Laroui "Cultural Personality of the Year"". Sheikh Zayed Book Award website. 5 April 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  5. ^ "Laroui named Cultural Personality of the Year". Gulf News. 5 April 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2017.

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