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    • Ali
    • 11.05.10 | 05:07 (IDT)

    Compare medieval and pre-modern Morocco with Europe/Russia and the picture of Jewish-Muslim relations does not look bad at all. Moreover, violent conflict opposed Berber and Arab tribes, urban and agricultural populations, central authority and the land of dissidence. The Jews were rarely singled out. Until recently, urban families from Fez, Rabat, Sale, or Marrakech would not marry. Prejudice, yes. But not always based on religion as some commentators here argue. One needs to be a good historian and anthropologist to make sweeping statements like "if the Jews were happy, why do they leave?" If the families of Fez, Rabat, and Sale had the equivalent of "Israel," they probably would have left too!

    from the article: The Moroccan model
    First published 20:27 06.05.10 | Last updated 20:27 06.05.10
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