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Imagining a sonic al-Andalus through sound, bones, and blood: the case of Jewish music in Morocco and Spain

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Abstract

Al-Andalus and the perception of its peacefully idyllic past currently inhabit Spain and Morocco through music. This article explores the multiple manners in which both the acoustic establishment of Jewish belonging and participation, and the reception of sonic allegiance help build a symbolic order that confirms the intrinsic relation of the Jew to the diverse nation in contemporary Spain and Morocco through the heritagization of a communal sounded voice. Focusing on two Jewish performers, one in Morocco and one in Spain, this article will address historical entanglements between both countries. The case studies aim to provide micro-histories of the larger conversations on Jewish belonging within each modern nation-state in the last generation through the performance of popular Jewish music as a symbol for the coexistence of al-Andalus.

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Music, Spain, Morocco, Judaism, Nationalism, Heritage, Public diplomacy

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Jewish Culture and History

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1462-169X
2167-9428

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Publisher

Informa UK Limited
Sponsorship
European Research Council (758221)
European Research Commission