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The Ethnographic State

France and the Invention of Moroccan Islam

Edmund Burke

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Geschichte

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Alone among Muslim countries, Morocco is known for its own national form of Islam, "Moroccan Islam." However, this pathbreaking study reveals that Moroccan Islam was actually invented in the early twentieth century by French ethnographers and colonial officers who were influenced by British colonial practices in India. Between 1900 and 1920, these researchers compiled a social inventory of Morocco that in turn led to the emergence of a new object of study, Moroccan Islam, and a new field, Moroccan studies. In the process, they resurrected the monarchy and reinvented Morocco as a modern polity.

This is an important contribution for scholars and readers interested in questions of orientalism and empire, colonialism and modernity, and the invention of traditions.

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moroccan islam, mission scientifique du maroc, early 20th century history, french ethnographers, national form of islam, muslim, orientalism, north african history, french colonialism, invention of traditions, religious studies, french imperialism, muslim countries, colonial officers, british colonialism, african history, colonial policies, moroccan studies, political, empire, modern polity, modernity, islam, morocco, british imperialism, monarchy, colonialism, india, european colonialism, state formation, religion