Morocco goes digital to counter radical Islam online

Source: Religion News Service

BY Tom Heneghan

RABAT, Morocco (RNS) — Chababe is a lively site on Facebook, YouTube and the web where young Moroccans can talk about what troubles them — sex, suicide, online harassment, violence or religious extremism.

The three-member team running Chababe — the name means “youth” in Arabic — often brings in psychologists or sociologists to discuss these issues in live webcasts. The team posts further information online and passes along names of groups around the country that youths can turn to for help.

The team also regularly calls on Islamic scholars for advice. It doesn’t have to look far — Chababe is part of Mohammadia League of Islamic Scholars, a government research institute leading Morocco’s extensive campaign against violent Muslim extremism.

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