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Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity

Jonathan Wyrtzen


How did four and a half decades of European colonial intervention transform Moroccan identity? As elsewhere in North Africa and in the wider developing world, the colonial period in Morocco (1912–1956) established a new type of political field in which notions about and relationships among politics and identity formation were fundamentally transformed. Instead of privileging top-down processes of colonial state formation or bottom-up processes of local resistance, the analysis in this book focuses on interactions between state and society. The book demonstrates how, during the Protectorate per ... More

Keywords: colonial intervention, political field, Moroccan identity, Morocco, Islam, ethnicity, Alawid dynasty, territory, religious tolerance, Jews

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781501700231
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501700231.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Wyrtzen, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology and History, Yale University