Center and diaspora: Jews in late-twentieth-century Morocco

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Abstract

Contemporary Jews in Casablanca are facing a slow and constant process of diminution-a consequence of death and emigration (mostly to France). This process deeply influences the Jews' self-perception of their very existence in Morocco in various aspects of life. Their small number, along with the diminution process underline their marginality to Morocco's life. Yet, emigration also colors in a new light their feeling as a diaspora, and contradicts the "solar system model" that assumes unidirectional symbolic relationships between a singular "homeland" with its "diasporic communities." Although Jews have seen the Land of Israel as the cradle of their history, they also conceive of Morocco as a symbolic center; a homeland for those who remained behind as well as for those who migrated. [Diasporas, homelands, immigration, Israel, Moroccan Jews].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-270
Number of pages26
JournalCity and Society
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies

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