This edition, under the high patronage of HM King Mohammed VI. organized by the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communications, has the theme “International Relations under the Rule of the Alaouite Dynasty: Period of Sultan Moulay Ismail”.
Opening this scientific event, the Kingdom’s historiographer and President of the Scientific Committee of the University of Moulay Ali Chérif, Abdelhak El Mrini, immediately recalled the many exploits of Sultan Moulay Ismail accomplished during his 57-year reign in the 17th century different areas, especially militarily, by being able to repel the Ottomans in the east and the European attacks on the Moroccan coastal cities, neutralizing the centers of rebellion that existed in certain regions of the country.
At the diplomatic level, continued Mr. El Mrini, the reign of Sultan Moulay Ismail was marked by the exchange of several correspondences and diplomatic missions with the King of France Louis XIV and the Kings of Spain Charles II and Philip V.
Sultan Moulay Ismail has made agreements with the kings of European countries, such as the Peace and Trade Agreement signed between Morocco and the Netherlands, and the prisoner exchange agreements with several European countries, as at-He specifies.
The kingdom historian noted that Sultan Moulay Ismail maintained diplomatic relations with several Christian countries near Morocco through emissaries, adding that he in turn received those from these countries to conclude peace agreements, work together and build alliances.
Several European countries tried to strengthen their friendly ties with the Alaouite dynasty during the time of Sultan Moulay Ismail, from which other sultans of Morocco began to enter into cooperation agreements with other countries, Mr Mrini noted.
He pointed out that many historical and diplomatic documents, agreements and correspondence between the sultans of the Alaouite dynasty and the heads of state of European countries in the various fields are kept in particular in the Royal Library of Al Hassania, the Royal Archives of Morocco and the National Library of the Kingdom.
For his part, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Communication, Mohamed Mehdi Bensaid, highlighted the importance of the Moulay Ali Chérif University as a high-level scientific and knowledge forum at national level, as well as its efforts to preserve the symbolic value of Tafilalet, the cradle of the Alaouite -Dynasty.
Mr. Bensaid stressed that Morocco, a land of civilization and history, has never ceased to be at the center of civilizational and human interactions at the various stages of ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary history.
The Minister welcomed the choice of theme for this 25th edition of the University of Moulay Ali Chérif, which will allow the various participants to highlight the kingdom’s past and present and enrich the documentary and historical fundus from Morocco.
Mr. Bensaid also stressed the importance of development projects in the fields of culture, arts and protection of tangible and intangible heritage carried out in Drâa-Tafilalet and other regions of Morocco.
The President of the Council of the Moulay Ali Chérif Municipality, Abdelali Hajioui, pointed out the great scientific value of the conferences organized within the framework of the Moulay Ali Chérif University, since they make it possible to shed light on the glorious epics of the history of the kingdom.
He welcomed the efforts made in this regard by the scientific committee of the University of Moulay Ali Chérif to flesh out the philosophy of this forum and described the choice of the theme of this edition as “reasonable”, which testifies to the great importance Morocco has always been accustomed to international relations.
The opening session of the 25th edition of the University of Moulay Ali Chérif was marked by the presence in particular of the Governor of the Province of Midelt, Mustapha Ennouhi, and the President of the Council of the Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Hro Abrou.
On this occasion, the participants visited an exhibition of portraits of the sultans and kings of the Alaouite Dynasty, produced by artists Johanna and Lahcen Mahmoudi, as well as another on the cultural heritage of the Drâa-Tafilalet region.
Archaeological finds from the Sijilmassa site, a former caravan town in Tafilalet, are also on display at the Rissani Cultural Center.
During this edition of the Moulay Ali Chérif University (November 25-26), two conferences led by researchers and historiographers are planned on topics related to Morocco’s international relations during the time of Sultan Moulay Ismail.