What have we achieved since the end of the Second World War? We have allowed petty, bourgeois regimes in which everything is average, mediocre.
The power of the word in Morocco belonged to men and to the authorities. No one asked the point of view of poor people or women.
The mistake we make is to attribute to religions the errors and fanaticism of human beings.
In Morocco, it's possible to see the Atlantic and the Mediterranean at the same time.
At 21, I discovered repression and injustice. The army would shoot students with real bullets.
I do not use the language of my people. I can take liberties with certain themes which the Arabic language would not allow me to take.
In the Arab world, there is no link between the cultural habits of peoples and the ways of thinking and creating of modern intellectuals. They are two separate worlds.
The world does not look to us in the Arab world out of a healthy desire for knowledge.
We do not have many intellectuals who can speak out for us internationally. We have no writers who are recognized, respected and loved outside the Arab world.
There is a gulf between the Arab peoples and Arab intellectuals.
We have no Arab intellectuals of international stature because we live in a state of generalized mediocrity. We are suspended in the pit without touching the bottom.
The intellectual, the man of thought, doubt and analysis, should give the best of himself.
We must have our say, not through violence, aggression or fear. We must speak out calmly and forcefully. We shall only be able to enter the new world era if we agree to engage in dialogue with the other side.
A modern civilization is only possible when it is accepted that singular beings exist and express themselves freely.