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Author Muhammad, al-Hajj.

Title The house of Si Abd Allah : the oral history of a Moroccan family / recorded, translated, and edited by Henry Munson, Jr.

Publication Info. New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, ©1984.


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 Axe Kansas Collection Harmon  964.04 Si11Bm 1984    ---  Lib Use Only
Description 280 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
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Note Narrations of: al-Hajj Muhammad and Fatima Zohra.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-274) and index.
Language Translated from the Arabic.
Credits Narrated by al-Hajj Muhammad and Fatima Zohra.
Contents Introduction ---- I. Si Abd Allah (1870-1932) Peasant of the village of the streams ---- II. Shama, daughter of Si Abd Allah (1918-1960) ---- III. Amina daughter of Si Abd Allah (1919- ) ---- Iv. Suudiyya, daughter of Si Abd Allah (1920- ) ---- V. Hmid, son of Si Abd Allah (1923- ) ---- VI. Mhammad, son of Si Abd Allah (1925- ) ---- VII. Al-Hajja Khadduj, daughter of Si Abd Allah (1926- ).
Summary The distance between the oral statements of an ethnographer's informants and the printed page is ordinarily considerable. ... Such distancing is absent in The House of Si Abd Allah. Here, a modern, young Moroccan woman and a middle-aged, traditional man, her maternal cousin, express their feelings and opinions about many subjects while conveying intimate accounts of the lives of their maternal relatives: grandparents, mothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins. ... Indeed, many glimpses of Moroccan daily life over the last hundred years are to be found in these family portraits. The problems of earning a living and the strains placed on family relationships by these problems form narrative threads which run throughout both Fatima Zohra's and Haji Muhammad's accounts. We hear about the hardships of life in the mountain village of their origin, the successes and failures of labor migration to Belgium, and of jobs and businesses in Tangier. However, observations about many other subjects are woven into their family history: Christians, Jews, the Qur'an, Muslim saints and women receive the most index entries, but views on many other topics are expressed. The younger cousin has lived in Europe and the United States and at the time of writing was a part-time university student in America, while her cousin, at 52, was a poor, childless peddler in Tangiers. Their views sharply differ, as one might expect, although in their opinions of colonialism and of the behavior of foreigners there is often substantial agreement.
Subject Si ĎAbd Allh family.
Morocco -- Genealogy.
Families -- Research -- Morocco.
Morocco -- History -- 20th century.
Islam -- Morocco.
Si ĎAbd Allh family. (OCoLC)fst00217743
Families -- Research. (OCoLC)fst01728937
Islam. (OCoLC)fst00979776
Morocco. (OCoLC)fst01205592
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Genealogy. (OCoLC)fst01423818
Added Author Munson, Henry, 1946-
Fatima Zohra.
ISBN 0300030843 (hbk.)
9780300030846 (hbk.)

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