This course will focus on history, society, and Islam in Morocco. Using a combination of texts from anthropology and social history we will study the nature of political authority, the organization of social life, the role of religion in politics and everyday life, the impact of economic reform, social movements, and the transformations of gender relationships in the North African Kingdom since 1830. We will pay particular attention to the history of colonialism and its influence on local politics, religion, urbanism and the broader make-up of society. The role of memory and heritage will also be explored in the context of the postcolonial nation-state. The course will also engage with the place of religion and piety, which will help students develop a nuanced and critical understanding of Moroccan Islam. Current challenges such as economic liberalization, Islamist movements and the impact of the Arab Spring revolts will also be explored in the later part of the course.
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the history of Morocco and prepare them to critically engage with topics pertaining to the study of society and religion in Morocco. By the end of the course students will become familiar with the historical contexts and major events of social and political life in 19th and 20th century Morocco. They will be able to identify the basic social and political forces that have shaped contemporary society in Morocco, and will develop a critical understanding of current debates around society, politics, and Islam in the country.
Mode of instruction
- Seminar with compulsory attendance.
Total course load Number 5 EC x 28 hours = 140
Lectures and seminars: 26h
Preparation tutorials: 10h
Study of compulsory literature: 45h
Assignment(s) (oral presentations and papers): 59h
Abstract, oral presentation.
- Student Presentations (15 %)
- Attendance and Class Participation (10 %)
- Short Paper (25 %): Each student will submit a short paper (1200-1800 words) on one of the themes covered mid-way through the course. This partial examination may not be rewritten.
- Long Paper (50 %): Each student will write a 2500-3000 words paper on a topic agreed in consultation with the instructor.
The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
The long paper is written in two stages: a first version which will be commented on and a final version. Students who do not meet the deadline for the first version will lose the right to get comments and will only be graded based on their final version.
Blackboard will be used for:
- posting additional literature
Gilson Miller, Susan. 2013. A History of Modern Morocco
Burke, Edmund. 2014. The Ethnographic State: France and the Invention of Moroccan Islam
Some additional readings. A definitive reading list will be made available at the beginning of the course