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Making MoroccoColonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity$
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Jonathan Wyrtzen

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700231

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700231.001.0001

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The Sultan-cum-King and the Field’s Symbolic Forces

The Sultan-cum-King and the Field’s Symbolic Forces

(p.248) Chapter 8 The Sultan-cum-King and the Field’s Symbolic Forces
Making Morocco

Jonathan Wyrtzen

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines Mohamed V's trajectory and shifting role between his accession to the throne in 1927 and his return from exile in 1955. More specifically, it considers how Mohamed V navigated between the French authorities and the urban Arab nationalists—both of whom sought to use the monarchy to legitimate claims in the colonial political field—to become an anti-colonial religio-political nationalist hero who embodied Morocco's aspirations for sovereignty and independence. It argues that Mohamed V benefited from both the colonial state-building project, which cultivated his symbolic trappings of power, and the urban nationalists' decision to co-opt these resources in their own efforts at nation building.

Keywords:   exile, Mohamed V, monarchy, colonial political field, Morocco, independence, urban nationalists, nation building

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