Guards—Building Muslim Authority in Jewish Cemeteries

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


This chapter focuses on four Muslim guards at Jewish cemeteries as examples of issues inherent in performing moral selves across religious boundaries. The guard at Sefrou provides occasion to discuss the contradictions that are a part of Muslims guarding Jewish spaces. He is powerful and important within the Jewish cemetery, but is nearly universally reviled in town. At the same time, he is the conduit of much tourism money into town. The cemetery itself is at once used as a latrine and a proud symbol of the town. The Essaouira guard demonstrates the repertoire of guards in not just guarding graves, but also shepherding redevelopment money and administering historic sites. The Timzerit and Rabat guards demonstrate the ongoing need of the guards to demonstrate authenticity in their care for Jewish graves.


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

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