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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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Shadow Citizens

Shadow Citizens

Jews in Independent Morocco

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(p.109) 5 Shadow Citizens
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Memories of Absence
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Aomar Boum

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804786997.003.0006

This chapter analyzes the place of Jews in post-independence Moroccan society through their representation in national museums. Looking at conflicting narratives of different Muslim cohorts, the chapter highlights tensions in the national debate about the status of Jews in Morocco. It exposes the challenges that Moroccan society faces in its attempts to represent the national past in museums and other state institutions including educational. It also demonstrates the discrepancies between official discourse and public sentiments about Jews in particular and other minorities in general. Internationally, the government promotes Morocco as a nation of Jewish-Muslim historical symbiosis and contemporary tolerance. Nationally, the state has maintained a relative silence about its Jewish history and culture.

Keywords:   Jewish newspapers, museum, tourism, public sphere, citizenship, religious minority, ethnic representation, state and minority politics

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