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Memory in Morocco

in The Culture of Islam

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780226726137
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226726144 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226726144.003.0006
Memory in Morocco

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This chapter interrogates whether and in what ways in central Morocco any shifts in cultural concepts have begun to manifest themselves and how such changes affect the ways in which people now relate and assess events as compared to the way they did twenty or thirty years ago. Put somewhat differently, the question arises whether it is possible to detect any fundamental alterations in the categories people use to understand their past, quite aside from any differences in the way in which the past is used in the present. In approaching this question it is valuable, first, to consider some of the categories by which time itself is marked out: In what ways have these markers changed over the course of a generation, and how do such changes bear on the structure of contemporary relationships? To test some of the possibilities that present themselves, the chapter considers three particular domains where the reconfiguration of memory appears to be at work: reflection on the period of French colonialism in Morocco (1912–56), the relation of local versus national history, and the recollections concerning the all but absent Jewish population of Morocco.

Keywords: cultural concept; time marker; central Morocco; memory; French colonialism; national history; Jewish population

Chapter.  8995 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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