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Commerce and Class Tensions at the Butcher Shop

Stacy E. Holden

in The Politics of Food in Modern Morocco

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033730
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039398 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033730.003.0004
Commerce and Class Tensions at the Butcher Shop

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Meat was a consumable luxury that provided tangible evidence of wealth and status among both the Muslim majority and the Jewish minority. To increase profits, butchers serving each of these communities tried to lower the price of their commodity, which would then increase their volume of sales. They slaughtered cheaper female animals, but the sultan prohibited such action so as to preserve livestock during periods of drought. The sultan also increased the cost of meat by imposing a tax on slaughter in order to fund social welfare programs for those impoverished by drought. Slaughter is regulated by both Islamic and Jewish law, so butchers practising the two different faiths should have embodied religious division in this kingdom. Instead, this chapter shows that their joint effort to render meat a staple reflected a struggle to change economic policy, with class interests, not religion, shaping the political action of Muslim and Jewish workers.

Keywords: Islam; Jews; slaughter; butchers; meat

Chapter.  10684 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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