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Title:Clifford Geertz in Morocco
Editor:Slyomovics, SusanISNI
Periodical:The Journal of North African Studies (ISSN 1362-9387)
Geographic term:Morocco
urban society
conference papers (form)
About person:Clifford Geertz (1926-2006)ISNI
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/fnas20/14/3-4
Abstract:This special issue is the result of a four-day international conference entitled 'Islam re-observed: Clifford Geertz in Morocco', which was held in Los Angeles on 6-9 December 2007. Part I, 'Islam re-observed', begins with Geertz's unpublished English Introduction to the Hebrew translation of 'Islam observed' (2007). Contributors in this section discuss Geertz and religion, especially his anthropological and historical approaches to Islam (Lahouari Addi, Hassan Rachik, Mondher Kilani, C. Jason Throop). Part II, 'Translation, metaphor, humour', looks critically at Geertz's Moroccan readers through translation (Dale F. Eickelman), his rhetorical approaches and linguistic insights in the realm of humour (Kevin Dwyer), and his much quoted metaphor of 'culture as text' when applied to the gendered discourses of a Berberophone woman (Katherine E. Hoffman). Part III, 'Photography, Paul Hyman, and Clifford Geertz', includes images as well as essays. Forty-two images produced by Paul Hyman in 1969 during his stay in Sefrou, where the Geertzes resided between 1963 and 1986, were displayed during the conference, a project discussed in essays by the photographer himself, Susan Slyomovics, and Paul Rabinow. Part IV, 'Urban space and Sefrou', brings together writings that reflect on Geertz's research in the town of Sefrou (Susan Gilson Miller, Lawrence Rosen, Aziz Abbassi). The final part, 'Modernism, meaning, and order', reflects on anthropology's relevance to engage Geertzian theory on topics concerned with everyday contemporary situations of Moroccans in the face of poverty (David Crawford), and transnational development schemes (Thomas Dichter). The collection concludes with the opening remarks of the mayor of Sefrou, Hafid Ouchchak. [ASC Leiden abstract]