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Genealogy and Knowledge in Muslim SocietiesUnderstanding the Past$
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Sarah Bowen Savant and Helena de Felipe

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748644971

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748644971.001.0001

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The Genealogy of Power and the Power of Genealogy in Morocco: History, Imaginary and Politics

The Genealogy of Power and the Power of Genealogy in Morocco: History, Imaginary and Politics

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(p.37) Chapter 3 The Genealogy of Power and the Power of Genealogy in Morocco: History, Imaginary and Politics
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Genealogy and Knowledge in Muslim Societies
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Zakaria Rhani

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748644971.003.0004

This chapter examines genealogical documents in a particular modern context — that of Morocco, with particular emphasis on the village of Zawiyat Sidi 'Abdel'aziz ben Yeffu, where a manuscript of questionable authenticity known as al-jafriyya has played a key role in authenticating one lineage's genealogical claims. More specifically, it analyses the history, imaginary, and politics underlying the power of genealogy in Morocco in order to illustrate the seminal significance of prophetic descent in Moroccan political and religious practice and belief. It also considers the role of royal decrees, ẓāhirs, which confer and confirm economic and political privileges and are paired with an ‘arresting mythology’ that supports the image projected by members of the lineage.

Keywords:   al-jafriyya, lineage, genealogy history, genealogy politics, Morocco, prophetic descent, royal decrees, ẓāhirs, mythology

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