The Mellah Society

The Mellah Society

The Mellah Society is a compact yet detailed and fascinating account of Jewish life in precolonial Morocco, based on the voluminous but rarely studied writings of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Judeo-Moroccan sages.

Author: Shlomo Deshen

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226143406

Category: Religion

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The Mellah Society is a compact yet detailed and fascinating account of Jewish life in precolonial Morocco, based on the voluminous but rarely studied writings of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Judeo-Moroccan sages. Shlomo Deshen, author of several books on North African Jewish immigrants to Israel, here turns his attention to the past. Taking as his focus the tension between individualism and communal authority—symbolized by the walls of the mellahs, the Jewish quarters—he applies to traditional Moroccan Jewish society questions of concern to sociologists everywhere regarding political organization, economic activity, religion, and the family. From such documents as private correspondence, archival photographs, and the legal commentaries of rabbis who served in the Jewish community courts, Deshen draws out details of daily life: disputes between spouses, businessmen, craftsmen, and inheritors; the ramifications of marriage contracts; and claims involving community taxes and extortions by Muslim potentates. Linking this material with recent historical and anthropological studies of the Maghreb, Deshen reconstructs a community about which little has been known and places it squarely within the context of traditional Moroccan society. Individual chapters deal with relations between Muslims and Jews, the material conditions of Jewish life, and the nature of politics within the mellah. Deshen devotes particular attention to the nature of the Moroccan rabbinate, the sociology of the mellah synagogue, lay community leadership, and the historic role of the Sephardic heritage in Morocco after the expulsion from medieval Spain. His close study of the nature of the extended family in traditional Morocco corrects popular misconceptions. Originally published in Israel in 1983, now translated and expanded by its author, The Mellah Society draws upon Middle Eastern and Jewish history, textual Judaic studies, and social anthropology to make an original contribution that will interest scholars of the Middle East and North Africa as well as anyone concerned with Jewish history and ethnicity.
Categories: Religion

The Mellah of Marrakesh

The Mellah of Marrakesh

also Daniel Schroeter, Merchants of Essaouira: Urban Society and Imperialism in
Southwestern Morocco, 1844–1886 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
1988). 24. Bernard Lewis,Jews of Islam (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University ...

Author: Emily Gottreich

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253218636

Category: History

Page: 201

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The lively history of the Jewish quarter of Marrakesh and its complex ties to Morocco's Muslim population
Categories: History

Jewish Society in Fez 1450 1700

Jewish Society in Fez 1450 1700

CHAPTER FIVE THE ECONOMIC ORGANIZATION OF THE MELLAH An analysis
of Jewish economic life in Fez from 1450-1700 raises a number of
methodological problems. On the one hand, data prior to 1450 on the economic
and ...

Author: Jane S. Gerber

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004058206

Category: History

Page: 218

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Categories: History

Jewish Topographies

Jewish Topographies

This catastrophic event caused a psychological break that stripped the mellah of
its qualities of refuge and revealed it in a ... of its most upwardly mobile elements,
and riven by factional disputes, mellah society entered its last phase.42 The nail
 ...

Author: Julia Brauch

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317111016

Category: Social Science

Page: 392

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How have Jews experienced their environments and how have they engaged with specific places? How do Jewish spaces emerge, how are they contested, performed and used? With these questions in mind, this anthology focuses on the production of Jewish space and lived Jewish spaces and sheds light on their diversity, inter-connectedness and multi-dimensionality. By exploring historical and contemporary case studies from around the world, the essays collected here shift the temporal focus generally applied to Jewish civilization to a spatially oriented perspective. The reader encounters sites such as the gardens cultivated in the Ghettos during World War II, the Israeli development town of Netivot, Thornhill, an Orthodox suburb of Toronto, or new virtual sites of Jewish (Second) Life on the Internet, and learns about the Jewish landkentenish movement in Interwar Poland, the Jewish connection to the sea and the culinary landscapes of Russian Jews in New York. Employing an interdisciplinary approach, with a strong foothold in cultural history and cultural anthropology, this anthology introduces new methodological and conceptual approaches to the study of the spatial aspects of Jewish civilization.
Categories: Social Science

The Sephardic Experience East and West

The Sephardic Experience East and West

Ernest Gellner and Charles Antoine Micaud (London: Duckworth, 1973), 175–
199. 17 On the influx of Jews to Fez and the foundation of the mellah see Jane S.
Gerber, Jewish Society in Fez, 1450–1700 (Leiden: Brill, 1980), 19, 42–51.

Author: Federica Francesconi

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004376717

Category: Religion

Page: 380

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From Catalonia to the Caribbean is a polyphonic collection of essays in dialogue with Jane S. Gerber’s seminal contributions to Sephardic Studies. The essays present new sources and new perspectives that challenge our perceptions of the Sephardic experience from Medieval to Modern Times.
Categories: Religion

The Postwar Novel in Canada

The Postwar Novel in Canada

63) The epic allusions to visits to the underworld let the reader perceive the
mellah as a place of the dead, a site of evil, and a place of punishment for the
Jewish society that inhabits it. Linking this notion with that of the mellah
representing ...

Author: Rosmarin Heidenreich

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 9781554587018

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 213

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As a comparative study which includes the analysis of both English-Canadian and Quebec novels, this book provides an overview of the novel as it has developed in this country since the Second World War. Focusing on narratological rather than thematic elements, the book represents a systematic application of the insights and analytical tools of reader-reception theory, in particular the models proposed by Wolfgang Iser and Hans Robert Jauss. Placing the emphasis on the text and its effects rather than on the historical or psycho-sociological genesis of the text, the author invokes the models and paradigms of other literatures to establish a broader cultural context permitting the significance of a literature to emerge as a carrier of meaning in and beyond the culture that produces it. Tracing a critical path from Hugh MacLennan's hierarchic romance structures and Gabrielle Roy's social realism to the metafictions of Hubert Aquin and Timothy Findley, the author reveals that the novel's narratological features themselves are often closely linked with ideological positions.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Jewish Culture and Society in North Africa

Jewish Culture and Society in North Africa

In part owing to his efforts, the AIU's presence over the next three decades
expanded from a pair of boys' and girls' primary schools in the mellah, the
traditional Jewish quarter, to include a school for boys and girls in the ville
nouvelle and an ...

Author: Emily Benichou Gottreich

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253001467

Category: History

Page: 386

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With only a small remnant of Jews still living in the Maghrib at the beginning of the 21st century, the vast majority of today's inhabitants of North Africa have never met a Jew. Yet as this volume reveals, Jews were an integral part of the North African landscape from antiquity. Scholars from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Israel, and the United States shed new light on Jewish life and Muslim-Jewish relations in North Africa through the lenses of history, anthropology, language, and literature. The history and life stories told in this book illuminate the close cultural affinities and poignant relationships between Muslims and Jews, and the uneasy coexistence that both united and divided them throughout the history of the Maghrib.
Categories: History

Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

Mellah is used instead of the classical mallab for the sake of consistency with the
rest of the literature on the Jewish quarter in Morocco , which is mainly in French .
8 . Among the major cities of Morocco , the mellah of Marrakesh was built in the ...

Author: Society of Architectural Historians

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015047958650

Category: Architecture

Page:

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Includes special issues.
Categories: Architecture

Bulletin of the American Geographical Society

Bulletin of the American Geographical Society

American Geographical Society of New York. erned by their own laws ,
administered by their ... Their way of life and their streets in the Mellah , or Jewish
quarter , are foul in the superlative degree . Excepting the Englishmen , whose
hands are ...

Author: American Geographical Society of New York

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000045496554

Category: Geography

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Categories: Geography

Journal of the Royal Society of Arts

Journal of the Royal Society of Arts

Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain). into slavery, and some, unable to face such
conditions of existence in Morocco, retraced their steps to Spain, and accepted
Christianity as the price of permission to reside in their native country. A remnant
 ...

Author: Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain)

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015058423172

Category: Industrial arts

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Categories: Industrial arts

Works Issued by the Hakluyt Society

Works Issued by the Hakluyt Society

The Mellah also lies on this side . But every quarter is narrow , dirty , and
neglected , comparing in these respects badly with Rabat , which , if not a model
town , is kept reasonably free from the accumulated filth of ages by the stimulus
imparted ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951001948264G

Category: Voyages and travels

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Categories: Voyages and travels

Journal of the American Geographical Society of New York

Journal of the American Geographical Society of New York

American Geographical Society of New York. erned by their own laws ,
administered by their ... Their way of life and their streets in the Mellah , or Jewish
quarter , are foul in the superlative degree . Excepting the Englishmen , whose
hands are ...

Author: American Geographical Society of New York

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044105231732

Category: Electronic journals

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Categories: Electronic journals

Jewish Intelligence and Monthly Account of the Proceedings of the London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews

Jewish Intelligence  and Monthly Account of the Proceedings of the London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews

It will be of no avail to complain to the Hazzanim , there is no Jew in the Mellah ,
they have no home , no mercy , no religion . In vain did I attempt to inquire what it
was all about . She went on in the same strain . “ You are more than all the ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044082495904

Category: Missions to Jews

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Categories: Missions to Jews

City Society

City   Society

Journal of the Society for Urban Anthropology. Along with distinctive dress ,
special ... Architecturally , the mellah was a unit distinct from the rest of the town ,
surrounded by high walls and heavy gates . In a city made of enclosures , it was a
 ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105113343672

Category: Cities and towns

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Categories: Cities and towns

Journal of the Society of Arts

Journal of the Society of Arts

... the same more advantageous position than they have educational advantages
which the society has ever occupied in ... the amount and narrow , filthy lanes ,
called the Mellah , sur nature of punishment to be inflicted is decided rounded by
 ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: PRNC:32101076203684

Category: Art

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Categories: Art

Shofar

Shofar

The Mellah Society : Jewish Community Life in Sherifian Morocco , by Shlomo
Deshen . Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism . Chicago : University of
Chicago Press , 1989. 166 pp . $ 29.95 ( c ) ; $ 11.95 ( p ) . This beautifully written
and ...

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105021175927

Category: Jews

Page:

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Categories: Jews

The Journal of Jewish Studies

The Journal of Jewish Studies

is very suggestive of how Jewish society as a whole , especially under
colonialism , was able to accept modernization without ... An article by Shlomo
Deshen offers an excellent synthesis of his innovative study , The Mellah Society
.

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ISBN: UOM:39015061529213

Category: Electronic journals

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Categories: Electronic journals

The Structure of Traditional Moroccan Rural Society

The Structure of Traditional Moroccan Rural Society

Traditionally they reside in a special quarter termed mellah , and engage in
business , crafts , and trades . These Sephardic Jews speak an archaic form of
Spanish ( Ladino or Hispaniolic ) for commercial purposes , but speak Moroccan
 ...

Author: Bernard G. Hoffman

Publisher: Mouton De Gruyter

ISBN: UOM:39015008511357

Category: Morocco

Page: 224

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Categories: Morocco

The Jewish Quarterly Review

The Jewish Quarterly Review

THE JEWISH QUARTERLY REVIEW , LXXXII , Nos . 1 - 2 ( July - October , 1991 )
238 - 240 DESHEN ' S THE MELLAH SOCIETY * This stimulating discussion of
eighteenth - and nineteenth - century Jewish communities in Morocco stresses ...

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ISBN: UCAL:B3916002

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