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Lamalif Magazine.jpg
EditorJean Gourmelin, Abdallah Laroui, Paul Pascon
CategoriesPolitical magazine and cultural magazine
PublisherLoghlam Presse
11, Rue Malherbe
Casablanca, Morocco
First issue1966
Final issue1988

Lamalif was a monthly Moroccan political and cultural magazine published in French between 1966 and 1988.[1]

History and profile[edit]

Lamalif was launched in 1966 by Zakya Daoud and her husband Mohamed Loghlam.[1] It took its title from two Arabic letters that form the word "la" (لا), meaning "no". Launched after the defeat of the Moroccan opposition (Union Socialiste des Forces Populaires) by the monarchy, Lamalif was a form of challenge. "The goal in this tragic situation was not to lose hope, to build an alternative," explained the founders. Zakya Daoud also served as the editor-in-chief of the monthly during its publication until 1988.[2]

Throughout its 22 years existence, Lamalif was characterised by its intellectual rigour and radical leftist political stance.[1] Covering social, cultural and economical issues, all from a political and critical perspective[3] it established itself as "a space for reflection and a force of significant challenge." Its ideological debates amongst journalists, economists, academics, and politicians became intellectual references and proved seminal in the development of many of Morocco's best thinkers and writers. Its focus on arts and culture was equally influential. Is covers frequently featured work by artists and its writings on film contributed to the rise of Moroccan cinema in the 1970s.

Lamalif was however never exclusionary and it soon established a wide and diverse readership. Ironically it was this success that led to the publications ultimate demise. Its popularity and outspoken stance soon attracted the ire of the authorities and it did not take long before Daoud was "regarded as Public Enemy." After years of threats, censorship and seizures, Lamalif was finally forced to shut down in 1988.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b c Valérie Orlando (23 June 2009). Francophone Voices of the "New" Morocco in Film and Print. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-230-62259-3.
  2. ^ Loubna H. Skalli (27 July 2006). Through A Local Prism: Gender, Globalization, and Identity in Moroccan Women's Magazines. Lexington Books. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-7391-3125-1.
  3. ^ a b Marvine Howe (2 June 2005). Morocco: The Islamist Awakening and Other Challenges: The Islamist Awakening and Other Challenges. Oxford University Press. p. 237. ISBN 978-0-19-534698-5.
  4. ^ Andrew R. Smith; Fadoua Loudiy (August 2005). "Testing the Red Lines: On the Liberalization of Speech in Morocco". Human Rights Quarterly. 27 (3): 1069–1119. doi:10.1353/hrq.2005.0042. JSTOR 20069820.

External links[edit]

  • Zakya Daoud, Les Années Lamalif, Tarik Editions, 2007
  • Laila Lalami, "The Lamalif Years", 15 February 2007
  • Abdeslam Kadiri, "Portrait. Les mille vies de Zakya Daoud", TelQuel, 2005.
  • "An interview with Zakia Daoud", APN, 9 March 2007
  • "Rétrospectivee : Il était une fois la presse", TelQuel