Remapping ‘tradition’: community formation and spatiocultural imagination among Jews in colonial northern Morocco

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Abstract

For Jews in colonial North Africa and beyond, modernization is often deemed a linear process of physical and cultural disengagement from traditional urban spaces. In contrast, this article portrays the process as dialectical and contextual mental transitions between the oppositional experiences of ‘modern-colonial’ and ‘traditional-communal’ spaces that mutually shape modern Jewish life across real and imagined townscapes. Focusing on one of the most vibrant sites of urbanization in North Africa–the mid-twentieth century international city of Tangier and neighboring Tetuan–I show how this dynamic transition was essential in shaping modernity and ethnic identity among a mobile Jewish middle class.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)378-400
Number of pages23
JournalJewish Culture and History
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Jewish ethnicity
  • Middle class
  • Tangier
  • modernity
  • spatial turn
  • the Islamic world
  • urbanization

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science

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