"Once Upon a Time Our Home Was in Spain" : Comparing Diaspora Discourses among Morisco Descendants and Sephardim Today

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This paper develops a comparative perspective between two contemporary diaspora movements that claim being descendants from Jews and Muslims expelled from the Iberian Peninsula by the end of the Middle Ages. In particular, the research considers a group of Tunisian descendant of Moriscos and another of Israeli Sephardim. Instances of Moroccan Moriscos as well as of Tunisian Sephardim have occasionally been used to widen the picture. The article critically discusses the ways in which these groups look at the past, and how they articulate their diaspora invocations. By doing, so it perceives diaspora discourses as being crucially embedded in the social and political milieus that produces them. In that, the article is an illustrative account of modern perceptions of the ‘other’ within Muslim-Jewish relations today, vis-à-vis mythologized constructions of Spain and more generally of Western Europe. Overall, it attempt to scrutinize Morisco and Sephardim diaspora claims in light to their relationship to Spain, the past and to their religious others.

Authors Dominguez Diaz, Marta
Editors Meri, Yousef & Adang, Camila
Language English
Subjects social sciences
cultural studies
Institute/School SHSS - School of Humanities and Social Sciences
SoM - School of Management
SEPS - School of Economics and Political Science
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SHSS - Kulturen, Institutionen, Maerkte (KIM)
Date 2017
Publisher Brill
Place of Publication Leiden
Series Name Studies on the children of Abraham
Volume Volume 5
Title of Book Muslim-Jewish Relations in Past and Present : A Kaleidoscopic View
ISBN 978-90-04-23580-9
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Marta Dominguez Diaz
Date Deposited 20 Sep 2017 06:22
Last Modified 22 Nov 2017 14:07
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/251850


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Dominguez Diaz, Marta: "Once Upon a Time Our Home Was in Spain" : Comparing Diaspora Discourses among Morisco Descendants and Sephardim Today. In: Studies on the children of Abraham. Leiden : Brill, 2017,


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