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Us and Them: Jews and Awliya in Morocco

Volume 16, Issue 4, June 2016, Pages 772–786

 Us and Them: Jews and Awliya in Morocco

Rachid ED-DALI1

1 Faculty of Arts, Moulay Ismail University, Morocco

Original language: English

Received 25 February 2016

Copyright © 2016 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Each culture possesses its unique aspects that are mostly recognized and employed by the members of the same in-group. Most individual and collective cultures hold and share aspects that are agreed upon and accepted by the groups and individuals belonging to the same environment and culture. Jews resided in Morocco, hand in hand, with the Amazighe for centuries prior to the advent of Islam. They constituted their own social and religious in-groups that were far removed from any social group in Morocco. They co-existed in harmony with a number of Amazigh tribes in several mountainous areas. Islam also protects Judaism as Jews are considered as the People of the Book, but the Jews are discriminated against based on some religious fallacies held solely by extremists. This study begins with an account of Moroccan Jews so as to manifest the primary reason behind restricting themselves within their own minority and social in-groups. In addition, the study weathers Moroccan Awliya (saints) and their posterity focusing on how they have come to acquire their actual status. Investigating the impact of

Author Keywords: Jews, Awliya, posterity, Mellah, Karamat.

How to Cite this Article

Rachid ED-DALI, “Us and Them: Jews and Awliya in Morocco,” International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 772–786, June 2016.