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The Ethnographic State: France and the Invention of Moroccan Islam

Edmund III Burke


Alone among Muslim countries, Morocco is known for its national form of Islam, “Moroccan Islam.” This book argues that Moroccan Islam is far from timeless, that the discourse on Moroccan Islam was the collective product of a generation of French scholars, volunteer ethnologists, and colonial officers. The chapters in part 1 trace the history of the Moroccan colonial archive over the period 1900–1912. They argue that the Moroccan colonial archive was not just a product of its Algerian colonial roots and discursive destiny. Rather, it must be viewed against the background of the multiple histori ... More

Keywords: Moroccan Islam, empire, orientalism, imperialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520273818
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520273818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edmund III Burke, author
University of California, Santa Cruz