Passover Professionals

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


This chapter discusses the celebration of Passover in 2005 and 2006 in which rural Moroccan Muslim guests at my seder took over the evening because my customs were not what they remembered. I use these examples to think about the malleability of tradition, as well as the differing goals of performance. I tried to fulfill a religious obligation and cement friendships in my new home. My guests were trying to recreate and stabilize their memories of Judeo-Amazigh culture. That we all failed in our goals speaks to the perpetually creative nature of performance, and that it is incapable of re-creating.


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

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