Alliance Israelite Universelle and the Jewish Communities of Morocco, 18621962, The
Publication Year: 1983
Published by: State University of New York Press
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This book, an outgrowth of a doctoral dissertation presented at the History Department of the University of California, Los Angeles, was rewritten and revised under the auspices of the Diaspora Research Institute and the Department of History of the Jewish People, at Tel-Aviv University. I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Professor Shlomo Simonsohn...
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The purposes of this study are (a) to analyze and document the educational, cultural, social, and political activities of the Alliance Israelite Universelle (AIU) in the Moroccan Jewish communities from the creation of the organization's first school (Tetuan 1862) until 1962, when after one hundred years of activity, despite emigration to Israel, France, and the...
CHAPTER I: Background of the Activities of the Alliance Israelite Universelle in Morocco: The T'raditional Jewish Society
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At the time of Moroccan independence the Jewish communities there were by far the most important in the Muslim world. Moreover, they ranked among the world's largest along with North American, Soviet, French, Argentinean, South African, and British Jewry, and were estimated at between 210-240,000. The Moroccan Jewish communities, like their counterparts...
SECTION I: THE JEWISH COMMUNITIES AND THE ALLIANCE ISRAELITE UNIVERSELLE BETWEEN 1862 AND 1912
CHAPTER II The Political Activities of the Alliance in Morocco Before the Protectorate Era
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During the first half of the nineteenth century Western European Jewry were determined to aid their less fortunate coreligionists. Although they were themselves in an inferior status for centuries following the dispersion, the age of the Enlightenment and a series of European revolutions elevated their position among Christians. Most of them began taking their place...
CHAPTER III: The Alliance and the Struggle for Recognition within Moroccan Jewish Society
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When the AIU entered Morocco in 1862 and opened schools in the major communities of the Sherifian Empire, its task was far from simple. It is true that the Jewish communities were eager to benefit from the political lobbying efforts of the organization on their behalf, but they were at first less disposed to help the schools flourish. In fact, the period preceding 1890...
CHAPTER IV: The Alliance and Its Sociocultural Influence on Moroccan Jewry
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When the AIU established its embryonic educational network, there was no clearly defined program for its schools. The archives, include lists of courses offered, but not information on the precise nature of the curriculum and its duration in number of years. Certain essential points, however, seem quite clear. No primary school certificates were issued by the AIU or any...
SECTION II: THE JEWISH COMMUNITIES AND THE ALLIANCE ISRAELITE UNIVERSELLE BETWEEN 1912 AND 1956
CHAPTER V The Alliance and the Jewish Communities in the Protectorates' Political Arena
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It has been pointed out that Morocco was divided into three zones of influence: the French protectorate, the Spanish protectorate, and the international zone of Tangier. The latter was administered by a legislative assembly that represented the following nations: France, England, Spain, Portugal, the U.S.A., the Soviet Union, Belgium, Italy, and Holland. The...
CHAPTER VI: Zionism and Assimilation: The Imergence of Zionist Influence in Morocco and the Position of the Alliance
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In Morocco as in numerous Jewish communities scattered throughout the diaspora, hope for a return to Zion, namely the land of Israel, has always existed. This hope rested on messianic and religious conc(!pts rather than on a political program, and Moroccan Jewry always maintained links of communications with Palestine. There were rabbis who came from Jerusalem to...
CHAPTER VII: The Alliance and the Social and Cultural Evolution of the Jews: 1912-1956
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The AIU in Morocco intensified its social and cultural activities after 1912 and, after 1945, collaborated with a variety of international Jewish organizations. The political role of the school directors, on the other hand, diminished somewhat in the protectorate era, for the authorities in their colonial zones...
CHAPTER VIII: The Jews and the Muslims: Comparative Aspects of Education and Problems of Social Conflict
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Jewish and Muslim traditional education was similar: the Jews attended the talmude tora and slas, while the Muslims attended Quranic schools. Both "Were taught by indigenous teachers: rabbi-teachers in the Jewish schools and fqihs in their Muslim counterparts. The educational approach of both was basically the same, recitation and repetition of biblical passages...
SECTION III: THE JEWISH COMMUNITIES AND THE ALLIANCE ISRAELITE UNIVERSELLE BETWEEN 1956 AND 1962
CHAPTER IX: The Alliance and the Jewish Communities in Independent Morocco: 1956-1962
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The massive departure of Jews to Israel, France, and the Americas from both urban centers and from the Atlas mountains after the protectorates were dismantled and Morocco was unified, did not signify a complete dissolution of their communities. Whereas 240,000 Jews lived in Morocco in 1952, the communities remained sizable: 160,000 in 1960, with continued...
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In the period ranging from the early 1860s until 1962, the AIU maintained the lead in educating several important components of the modernized elite. The expansion of the schools into the cours compiementaire system and the contribution of the protectorates' schools...
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Page Count: 388
Publication Year: 1983
Series Title: SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture