The Mellah of Marrakesh: Jewish and Muslim Space in Morocco's Red City

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Overview

"[The Mellah of Marrakesh] captures the vibrancy of Jewish society in Marrakesh in the tumultuous last decades prior to colonial rule and in the first decades of life in the colonial era. Although focused on the Jewish community, it offers a compelling portrait of the political, social, and economic issues confronting all of Morocco and sets a new standard for urban social history." —Dale F. Eickelman

Weaving together threads from Jewish history and Islamic urban studies, The Mellah of Marrakesh situates the history of what was once the largest Jewish quarter in the Arab world in its proper historical and geographical contexts. Although framed by coverage of both earlier and later periods, the book focuses on the late 19th century, a time when both the vibrancy of the mellah and the tenacity of longstanding patterns of inter-communal relations that took place within its walls were being severely tested. How local Jews and Muslims, as well as resident Europeans lived the big political, economic, and social changes of the pre- and early colonial periods is reconstructed in Emily Gottreich’s vivid narrative.

Published with the generous support of the Koret Foundation.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

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This book situates the history of what was once the largest Jewish quarter in the Arab world in its historical and geographical contexts. Although framed by coverage of both earlier and later periods, the book focuses on the late 19th century, a time when both the vibrancy of the mellah and the patterns of inter-communal relations that took place within its walls were being severely tested. How local Jews and Muslims, as well as resident Europeans, lived through the big political, economic, and social changes of the pre- and early colonial periods is reconstructed in Emily Gottreich’s narrative.Joseph Haberer, Book Review Editor, SHOFAR, Spring 2008 Vol 26, 3

— Joseph Haberer, Book Review Editor

SHOFAR - Joseph Haberer

This book situates the history of what was once the largest Jewish quarter
in the Arab world in its historical and geographical contexts. Although
framed by coverage of both earlier and later periods, the book focuses on
the late 19th century, a time when both the vibrancy of the mellah and the
patterns of inter-communal relations that took place within its walls were
being severely tested. How local Jews and Muslims, as well as resident
Europeans, lived through the big political, economic, and social changes
of the pre- and early colonial periods is reconstructed in Emily Gottreich’s
narrative.Joseph Haberer, Book Review Editor, SHOFAR, Spring 2008 Vol 26, 3

From the Publisher
This book situates the history of what was once the largest Jewish quarter
in the Arab world in its historical and geographical contexts. Although
framed by coverage of both earlier and later periods, the book focuses on
the late 19th century, a time when both the vibrancy of the mellah and the
patterns of inter-communal relations that took place within its walls were
being severely tested. How local Jews and Muslims, as well as resident
Europeans, lived through the big political, economic, and social changes
of the pre- and early colonial periods is reconstructed in Emily Gottreich’s
narrative.Joseph Haberer, Book Review Editor, SHOFAR, Spring 2008 Vol 26, 3
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253218636
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Series: Indiana Series in Middle East Studies Series
  • Edition description: Annotated
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Gottreich is Vice Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California at Berkeley.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration, Spelling, and Usage

Introduction: The Jewish Quarter and the Moroccan Whole
1. Mellahization
2. Counting Jews in Marrakesh
3. Muslims and Jewish Space
4. Jews and Muslim Space
5. Hinterlands
Epilogue: Hay al-Salam

Notes
Bibliography
Index

Indiana University Press

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