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Memories of AbsenceHow Muslims Remember Jews in Morocco$
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Aomar Boum

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804786997

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804786997.001.0001

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Writing the Periphery

Writing the Periphery

Colonial Narratives of Moroccan Jewish Hinterlands

(p.11) 1 Writing the Periphery
Memories of Absence

Aomar Boum

Stanford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the colonial and postcolonial historical sources on Jews of the Saharan communities and discusses the biases and agendas of colonial and postcolonial narratives that frame the historical discourse about Saharan Jewries in particular and Middle Eastern Jews in general. In addition, it describes the role of postcolonial national researchers in the re-writing of the histories of rural marginal Jewish communities. Overall the chapter highlights the connections, silence, and amnesic gaps between the colonial and post-colonial historical narratives, wading through European travelers’ accounts, post-colonial nationalist histories, Moroccan literature about Jews, and the author’s own ethnographic experience as a native Moroccan Muslim anthropologist studying the Jews of his hometown and region.

Keywords:   travel narrative, Akka, Anti-Atlas, Mardoché Aby Serour, Saharan Jewry, historical silence, historiography, native ethnography

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