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Without Bounds illuminates the life of the mysterious Rabbi Ya'aqov Wazana, a Jewish healer who worked in the Western High Atlas region in southern Morocco and died there in the early 1950s. Impressed by his healing powers and shamanic virtuosity, Moroccan Jews are intrigued by his lifestyle and contacts with the Muslim and the demonic worlds that dangerously blurred his Jewish identity. Based on interviews with Moroccan Jews conducted in the late 1980s, Without Bounds proposes multiple readings of Wazana's life. Yoram Bilu re-creates the influences and important moments in Wazana's life and evaluates his character from psychological and anthropological perspectives. Human- and demon-bound, holy and impure, Jew and Muslim, old and young, Rabbi Ya'aqov Wazana dissolved the boundaries of the major social categories in Morocco and integrated them into his identity.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Copyright
  2. pp. 4-5
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  1. Dedication
  2. p. 6
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 9-12
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  1. 1. In the Footsteps of Wazana
  2. pp. 13-16
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  1. 2. They Remember Wazana
  2. pp. 17-34
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  1. 3. Ait Wazana
  2. pp. 35-44
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  1. 4. Born in Assarag—In the Heart of the Atlas Mountains
  2. pp. 45-48
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  1. 5. Wazana and His Parents
  2. pp. 49-58
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  1. 6. A Robe, a Bordo, and Other Objects
  2. pp. 59-61
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  1. 7. Amidst Sages and Demons: The Apprenticeship of Wazana
  2. pp. 62-69
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  1. 8. A Question of Identity: Pray as a Muslim and Marry a Demon
  2. pp. 70-77
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  1. 9. “There Was Nobody like Rabbi Ya’aqov in the Whole World”
  2. pp. 78-83
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  1. 10. Casablanca
  2. pp. 84-87
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  1. 11. “He Was Our Great Healer”
  2. pp. 88-104
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  1. 12. The Move to Agouim
  2. pp. 105-107
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  1. 13. Death of Wazana
  2. pp. 108-118
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  1. 14. “Nothing of His Remains”
  2. pp. 119-120
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  1. 15. Wazana in Israel
  2. pp. 121-129
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  1. 16. The Song of the Sirens: The Psychology of Wazana
  2. pp. 130-135
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  1. 17. Without Bounds: Wazana the Symbolic Type
  2. pp. 136-147
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  1. 18. Wazana of the Heart
  2. pp. 148-152
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  1. Epilogue: Wazana’s Afterlife
  2. pp. 153-168
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 169-176
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814343258
MARC Record
OCLC
1056055376
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-08
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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