Two Arabs, A Berber, And A Jew: Entangled Lives In Morocco

Paperback | December 2, 2015

byLawrence Rosen

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In this remarkable work by seasoned scholar Lawrence Rosen, we follow the fascinating intellectual developments of four ordinary Moroccans over the span of forty years. Walking and talking with Haj Hamed Britel, Yaghnik Driss, Hussein Qadir, and Shimon Benizri—in a country that, in a little over a century, has gone from an underdeveloped colonial outpost to a modern Arab country in the throes of economic growth and religious fervor—Rosen details a fascinating plurality of viewpoints on culture, history, and the ways both can be dramatically transformed.

Through the intellectual lives of these four men, this book explores a number of interpretative and theoretical issues that have made Arab culture distinct, especially in relationship to the West: how nothing is ever hard and fast, how everything is relational and always a product of negotiation. It showcases the vitality of the local in a global era, and it contrasts Arab notions of time, equality, and self with those in the West. Likewise, Rosen unveils his own entanglement in their world and the drive to keep the analysis of culture first and foremost, even as his own life enmeshes itself in those of his study. An exploration of faith, politics, history, and memory, this book highlights the world of everyday life in Arab society in ways that challenge common notions and stereotypes. 

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In this remarkable work by seasoned scholar Lawrence Rosen, we follow the fascinating intellectual developments of four ordinary Moroccans over the span of forty years. Walking and talking with Haj Hamed Britel, Yaghnik Driss, Hussein Qadir, and Shimon Benizri—in a country that, in a little over a century, has gone from an underdevelop...

Lawrence Rosen is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University and adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School. He is the author of many books, including Bargaining for Reality, The Culture of Islam, and Varieties of Muslim Experience, all also published by the University of Chicago Press. 

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:December 2, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022631748X

ISBN - 13:9780226317489

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Table of Contents

Prologue: A World of Difference
Committed to Memory: Haj Hamed Britel 235 Qla?a
A Midmost Nation: Yaghnik Driss
Courier of the Horizons: Hussein ou Muhammad Qadir
A Nation among Nations: Shimon Benizri
Epilogue: Making a Difference
Acknowledgments
Suggestions for Further Reading
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“If you wish to learn how a traditional Islamic society successfully adapts itself to modern realities, study this book carefully. If you are intrigued by the anthropology of Morocco, you will be greatly rewarded by it. And if you want to understand the past hundred years of Moroccan history, this book is a gift waiting to be opened.”