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Social and Cultural Anthropology

1995

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The Persistence Of The Andalusian Identity In Rabat, Morocco, Beebe Bahrami Jan 1995

The Persistence Of The Andalusian Identity In Rabat, Morocco, Beebe Bahrami

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This thesis investigates the problem of how an historical identity persists within a community in Rabat, Morocco, that traces its ancestry to Spain. Called Andalusians, these Moroccans are descended from Spanish Muslims who were first forced to convert to Christianity after 1492, and were expelled from the Iberian peninsula in the early seventeenth century. I conducted both ethnographic and historical archival research among Rabati Andalusian families. There are four main reasons for the persistence of the Andalusian identity in spite of the strong acculturative forces of religion, language, and culture in Moroccan society. First, the presence of a strong historical ...