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Notes on Jewish-Muslim Relationships: Revisiting the Vanishing Moroccan Jewish Community

Essay Excerpt

Many of the anthropologists who conducted fieldwork in Morocco between the 1960s and the 1980s have noted in their writing the relations they observed between the Jewish and Muslim populations. However, this dimension of Moroccan society is hardly mentioned in more recent ethnographic work. It would seem that, ethnographically, Morocco has become devoid of Jews, reflecting perhaps their very real diminution in numbers due to emigration in recent decades. In this article, I wish to put Morocco's vanishing Jewish community back on the anthropological stage by presenting contemporary practices through which they manage their relations with the Muslim majority. In particular, I focus on two rather different frames of interaction, pilgrimage to holy sites and football (soccer) tournaments, to show what occurs when the two groups meet (p. 365).

From: Levy, Andre. "Notes on Jewish-Muslim Relationships: Revisiting the Vanishing Moroccan Jewish Community." Cultural Anthropology 18(2003): 365–397.

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