Moroccan Muslims Locating Moroccan Jews in Time and Space

  • Cory Thomas Pechan Driver
Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)


I contextualize Moroccan Jewish history, going back to pre-Islamic Morocco, the Arab invasions and the Islamization of the region. I consider legends of a holdout Jewish kingdom just beyond the horizon as crucial shapers of rural Moroccan imaginaries about Jews and Judaism. I then discuss how the exile of the Sephardim from Spain and colonial politics shaped Moroccan Jewish society as indigenous foreigners. I write about saint veneration as shared Muslim–Jewish practice. I conclude with a description of the Jewish mass emigration in the twentieth century and the beginnings of Jewish heritage tourism in Morocco.


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  • Cory Thomas Pechan Driver
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  1. 1.Council on International Educational ExchangeRabatMorocco

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