A lecture by Susan Miller, UC Davis
The Jewish quarter or mellah was the physical and symbolic center for Jewish life in Morocco for centuries. Historians, anthropologists, and architectural historians have closely studied the mellah and its people in an effort to understand the role of the Jewish quarter as a historical “stage” for Jewish survival practices in the face of dire existential threats. Prof. Miller will concentrate on the trajectory of the mellah in the early 20th century, when its inner structure unraveled under the twin pressures of a European-induced modernity and the imposition of harsh racialist policies under the fascist Vichy regime (1940-44).
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsor(s): UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and Maurice Amado Program in Sephardic Studies
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