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Gina Crivello

In this article I review concepts related to honour and shame and explore how these are understood within the context of the contemporary Moroccan Rif, a Berber-speaking region that is characterised by outsiders as closed and 'conservative', despite its long-established history of out-migration and transnational ties to Europe. The article argues that despite many changes to the political, economic and social landscapes of the Rif, understandings of honour and shame continue to shape gender hierarchies among Riffian Moroccans. As part of a broader system in which individuals negotiate status and respectability, honour and shame mediate relationships between individuals, families and 'honour groups' or moral communities in which they participate.

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Intimacy, Cooperation and Ambivalence

Social, Economic and Cultural Interaction between Jews and Berbers in Morocco

Joseph Yossi Chetrit

Berbers, or Imazighen (sing . Amazigh , ‘free man’) as they currently refer to themselves, constitute the autochthonous populations of North Africa. They are scattered from the Atlantic coast of Morocco in the west to the Siwa oasis in the

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Hilary Pomeroy

years of field work are outlined in his analysis of social, economic and cultural interaction between Jews and Berbers. Chetrit concludes that despite their often physically intimate coexistence living in the same urban and rural quarters and despite

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Muslim Notables, French Colonial Officials, and the Washers of the Dead

Women and Gender Politics in Colonial Algeria

Augustin Jomier

inhabited by a Berber speaking and Ibadi Muslim community, 11 located in the northern region of the Algerian Sahara, 600 kilometers south of Algiers. During the early modern period, Mzab's seven small rural oasis cities formed a confederation on the margin

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Kristen Ghodsee, Hülya Adak, Elsa Stéphan, Chiara Bonfiglioli, Ivan Stankov, Rumiana Stoilova, Rochelle Goldberg Ruthchild, Mara Lazda, Adrienne Harris, Ayşe Durakbaşa, Lex Heerma van Voss, Lejila Mušić, Zdeňka Kalnická, Sylwia Kuźma-Markowska, Evguenia Davidova, Tsoneva Tsoneva, Georgi Medarov, and Irina Genova

memory, the book itself serves as a monument and as snapshot of memory efforts in 2019. The monograph reflects anxieties and anguish about the fact that many were not remembered and will not be remembered. Feryal Saygılıgil and Nacide Berber, eds

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A Camp for Foreigners and “Aliens”

The Harkis' Exile at the Rivesaltes Camp (1962–1964)

Jeannette E. Miller

The French government placed 20,000 of the approximately 100,000 harkis repatriated to France following the Algerian War in the Rivesaltes camp. Located in rural French Catalonia, it had previously lodged foreigners and French citizens whom the government removed from society. The decision to house the harkis in this camp, made during summer 1962 as the French government extricated itself from its 132-year empire in Algeria, symbolized that they were aliens: Berber and Arab repatriates, nearly all of whom obtained French nationality shortly after they arrived in France, were targeted by government housing policies that distanced them from public view. The camp's architecture, living conditions, isolation from French citizens, military oversight, and “reeducation” classes, beyond functioning as powerful symbols, reinforced—and contributed to—the government's treatment of the harkis as aliens. Over the twenty-seven months it remained open, Rivesaltes fostered an exilic existence for these harkis and socially excluded them from French society.

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Fanny Colonna

Thinking Differently Under Colonialism

Arthur Asseraf

Eastern Algeria in 1875, Baptiste lived a remote, peaceful life in the mountains of the Aurès. Uniquely, he was seen by the local Berber-speaking shawiya people not as a settler, but as one of their own, a “native.” However, he never converted to Islam

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Silence Sits in Places

Chronic Illness and Memory in Northern Morocco

Federico Reginato

of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, l'Oriental, and Fez-Meknes. It is a mountain chain. You see … when I hear talking about the Rif, I know this means two things: a political interest in Berbers and a historical interest in national facts. This letter

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Wake in Guangzhou

The History of the Earth

Maria Thereza Alves

opportunities for the influx of seeds. Trains, cars, ships, and animals also transport seeds. Wind and rain sweep seeds from one place to the other. The investigation of the arrival of seeds in Guangzhou began with Ibn Battuta, a Berber from Algeria who was a

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The Battle of El Herri in Morocco

Narratives of Colonial Conquest during World War I

Caroline Campbell

the colonization of Morocco (1903–1934), the French attacked an Amazigh (Berber) douar at El Herri on 13 November 1914. El Herri was an encampment with hundreds of Amazigh families located in the heart of the Middle Atlas Mountains on the Oum Er Rbia