Morocco: Jews and Art in a Muslim Landby Vivian B. Mann
The richness and complexity of Jewish culture in Morocco, and
the country�s unique intermingling of Jewish and Muslim traditions, have for
centuries ensured an extraordinarily creative diversity. The result of this
harmony between communities was cultural symbiosis, unbroken until the late
twentieth century. The varied art and culture of Moroccan Jewry is seen in
this exquisite volume through several lenses: the works of Oriental artists,
such as Delacroix, who made the Jews the subjects of their paintings; the
intricate jewelry, metalwork, gold thread, and cloth created by the Jews
themselves; and Jewish spiritual culture, as manifest in synagogues, in
folklore and mysticism, and in pilgrimages to holy sites, many of which were
shared with Muslim neighbors.
Contributions to Morocco: Jews and Art in a Muslim Land range from discussions of Moroccan Jewish history and spirituality to intensely personal accounts of Jewish�Muslim relations in the twentieth century. The mystical experiences of medieval kabbalists sit side by side with childhood memories of the schism in Moroccan society caused by the mass emigration of Jews to Israel after World War II. Collective and personal histories collide, illuminating one another in often unexpected ways, and offering new insights into the nature of this most intriguing outpost of the Diaspora: a rich blend of Spanish, Arabic, and traditional Jewish influences.
Along with these new and unique perspectives, this fascinating volume contains sumptuous color photography of the artifacts � ceramics, textiles, jewelry � that Jews in Morocco made, and that to a certain extent defined their daily lives. Morocco: Jews and Art in a Muslim Land sheds new light on the conundrum of Moroccan Jewish identity, from earliest times to the present day.
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