Voices of Resistance: Oral Histories of Moroccan Women / Edition 1

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Providing new information on women's participation in the Moroccan independence movement, Voices of Resistance offers a rare opportunity to hear Moroccan women speak freely about their personal lives. Each woman is introduced in terms of her family background and personal style, and the interviews are given texture and context by references to Moroccan history and popular culture, including contemporary songs and poems. These women are storytellers, and they lived through stirring times. Their active struggle against French colonialism also challenged and redefined traditional Moroccan ideas about women's roles in society. The narratives reconstruct the little-known history of Moroccan feminism and nationalism, and probe the lives of a remarkable group of Islamic women whose voices have never been heard until now.
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Recovering a major part of history that has not been recorded before, over a dozen women recount their role in the struggle against French colonialism in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. In interviews edited into narratives, they also discuss Moroccan history and popular culture, including popular songs and poems and examine how their activities both in support and in armed resistance transformed traditional Moroccan ideas about women's role in society. Introductory matter outlines oral history, nationalism and feminism, colonialist, conflict and independence in the country. A glossary with a guide to pronunciation and a chronology are included. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791436226
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: SUNY series in Oral and Public History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

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Part I: Introduction

1. Oral History in Morocco

2. Nationalism and Feminism in Moroccan History

3. Colonialism, Conflict, and Independence

Part II: Nationalist Women

4. Fez and the Nationalist Women

5. Malika El Fassi: Foremother of the Modern Women's Movement

6. Zhor Lazraq: Fez, the Next Generation

7. Rqia Lamrania and Fatima Benslimane Hassar: The Free School Movement in Salé

8. Oum Keltoum El Khatib: Casablanca

9. Amina Leuh and Khadija Bennouna: Nationalist Education and Politics in Tetouan

Part III: Women in the Armed Resistance

10. Casablanca and the Women of the Armed Resistance

11. Fatna Mansar: Casablanca

12. Saadia Bouhaddou: Casablanca

13. Ghalia Moujahide: Rabat

14. Aicha and Mina Senhaji: Co-wives of a Resistance Leader

15. Zohra Torrichi and Rabiaa Taibi: Oujda

Part IV: Conclusion

16. Conclusion

Appendix A: Notes on Methodology

Apendix B: Chronology of Events Mentioned in the Oral Histories

Appendix C: Glossary of Moroccan Arabic and French Terms


Selected Bibliography


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