Abdesslam Yassine

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Abdesslam Yassine (1928 – December 13, 2012) was the leader of the Moroccan Islamist organisation Al Adl Wa Al Ihssane (Justice and Spirituality).[1][2]

Yassine was born in Marrakesh. He worked as a teacher and a school inspector for the Ministry of Education, and from 1965 on, was a member of one of the most famous Moroccan Sufi brotherhoods, the Boutchichiyya.[2][3] Yassine reportedly fell out with the leadership of the brotherhood over its refusal to engage more directly in political matters, and founded his own organisation. Yassine was jailed in a mental asylum for three years for publishing an open letter to King Hassan II denouncing his rule as unIslamic. Following his release he was kept under house arrest for many years, before eventually being released in the early years of the rule of King Mohammed VI.[4] Yassine's many publications include L'Islam ou le Deluge (Islam or the Flood),[5] probably the best known of his works. He died, aged 84, on 13 December 2012.[1][2] He was married to Khadija Al Malki who died in late March 2015.[6]


  1. ^ a b Associated Press (December 13, 2012). "Abdessalam Yassine, leader of Morocco's largest opposition movement, dies at 84, says group". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Masbah, Mohammed (January 10, 2013). "In Yassine's Footsteps". Sada. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Aïssa Kadri, Parcours d'intellectuels maghrébins, Karthala Editions, 1999, p. 129-164
  4. ^ Henry Clement M., Globalization and the Politics of Development in the Middle East , p. 225
  5. ^ Malika Zeghal, Islamism in Morocco: religion, authoritarianism, and electoral politics, p. 99
  6. ^ "Décès: Enterrement de Khadija Al Malki après l'engagement de ses proches à respecter les préceptes de la charia en matière d'inhumation". Le Martin (in French). 26 March 2015. Archived from the original on 31 March 2015. 

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