In February, 2016, Dr. Osire Glacier (History Department) took part in an interview with Dr. Maurice Demers (History, Université de Sherbrooke) and to Dr. Bernard Ducharme (Groupe de Recherche sur l’Islamophobie et le Fondamentalisme) in which she discussed her research on human rights in Morocco and on the roles that have been played by women in Moroccan politics. The interview, published on HistoireEngagee.ca, outlines the profound effects of the Western discourse on terrorism as a civilizational conflict. It also underscores the important difference, detailed in Dr. Glacier’s book Universal Rights, Systemic Violations and Cultural Relativism in Morocco (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), between the discourse on human rights “in the streets” and the diplomacy of human rights as negotiated within the United Nations’ Fundamental Rights programs. Dr. Glacier sets the contemporary debate on the hijab in a historical perspective and, finally, showcases the many roles that Muslim women have played in Moroccan politics throughout the country’s long history.
The full interview is available here.