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Old Texts, New PracticesIslamic Reform in Modern Morocco$
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Etty Terem

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804787079

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804787079.001.0001

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Redefining Patterns of Consumption

Redefining Patterns of Consumption

(p.141) 6 Redefining Patterns of Consumption
Old Texts, New Practices

Etty Terem

Stanford University Press

Chapter 6 looks at the increased Moroccan trade with Europe and the diffusion of new tastes for European manufactured items. It explores one text assembled by al-Wazzānī that deliberately combines material from several sources written in the course of the nineteenth century. Al-Wazzānī compiled this text in response to rumors circulated in the last quarter of the nineteenth century that the imported sugar from Europe was processed with pig's blood. By the 1870s, imported tea was consumed throughout Moroccan society, quickly becoming an important item in the local diet and social life. Moroccans put sugar in their tea and the widespread adoption of tea reinforced demand for both products. The text unequivocally authorizes the consumption of imported sugar and reinforces the drinking of three other popular stimulant beverages. The chapter shows how al-Wazzānī's composition authorized an interpretation that accommodated new customs and changing tastes.

Keywords:   Islamic law, New Miʻyār, fatwās, trade, sugar, tea, rumor, pre-Protectorate Morocco, Moroccan modernity

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