Beyond Exoticism and Syncretism: Situating Moroccan Jewish Pilgrimage in Jewish Studies

By Oren Kosansky

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Spring 2005

The author calls into question the two dominant trends in the study of Moroccan Jewish saint veneration: exoticism (stressing the differences between these practices and Ashkenazi practices) and syncretism (stressing the similarity of these practices with the surorunding Muslim culture). The author questions syncretism by noting that these pilgrimages and hagiographic practices of saint veneration are thoroughly integrated into halachic (Jewish legal) and Torah-specific practice. He questions exoticism by noting similarities between Moroccan and European Chasidic practices.

Topic: Culture, Mizrahi Jews, Judaic Studies, Jewish Studies, Religion

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Volume/Issue: Spring 2005

Page Number(s): 14-16

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Genre: Report

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kosansky, Oren. Beyond Exoticism and Syncretism: Situating Moroccan Jewish Pilgrimage in Jewish Studies. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Spring 2005: 14-16. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2630


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