ONLINE ONLY: 1981 Casablanca & Contemporary Morocco

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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Hear past events in Casablanca put into context for today.

Driss Guerraoui and his family moved to the U.S. in the wake of Casablanca's 1981 protests and unrest. Dr. Mahmood Ibrahim, Professor Emeritus of History at California State Polytechnic University, will be using the events in Casablanca to highlight aspects of Moroccan history, as a way of explaining the riots and putting them in a contemporary Moroccan context.

Dr. Mahmood Ibrahim is Professor Emeritus of History at California State Polytechnic University at Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). Since 1989 he's taught courses on Islam, the Middle East and North Africa, History Methods and Historiography for undergraduate and graduate students. His special area of research is the medieval period around the Mediterranean Sea, currently researching climate conditions in medieval Damascus and a biography of Qadi Abu Bakr (1076-1148), Chief Judge of Seville for the Almoravids.

He has been a member of the Academic Senate for many three-year terms and chaired several committees, including the Academic Programs Committee and the Faculty Affairs Committee. Recently, he chaired the General Education Committee and co/chaired the Curriculum Conversion Coordinating Committee tasked with converting Cal Poly Pomona's academic programs and courses, including GE, from Quarter to Semester system. He also served as the Chair of the History Department for two terms from 1996-2004.

He was born as a refugee in the West Bank town of Ramallah in 1948, immigrated to the United States in 1966 and lived in New York City where he received his BA from the City College of New York (CCNY) in 1973. Dr. Ibrahim moved to Los Angeles where he attended UCLA, receiving his MA in 1974 and his Doctorate in 1981.

He was awarded several Fulbright and National Endowment for the Humanities grants and fellowships. He participated in several NEH Summer Seminars (Islamic Science-Columbia University; Just War and Jihad-Rutgers University; St. Francis of Assisi and his Time, Siena, Italy). He has led several student Education Abroad Programs to Morocco and a U. S. Department of Education/Fulbright Hays Grant (Fulbright GPA) to lead a six-week seminar/tour for 13 educators.
Dr. Ibrahim taught as a visiting lecturer at UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Riverside before going to Bir Zeit University, the West Bank where he became chair of the Department of History, Geography and Political Science from 1985-1989 leading it through the first Palestinian Uprising (the Intifada). His contributions to Cal Poly Pomona and its students are recognized through several research awards and Sabbaticals, and the award of Outstanding Academic Senator as well as the George P. Hart Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership.

He is the author of Merchant Capital and Islam (University of Texas Press, 1991) and many other articles and book reviews. For more information visit:

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