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Orphans of Islam : Family, Abandonment, and Secret Adoption in Morocco - Jamila Bargach

Orphans of Islam

Family, Abandonment, and Secret Adoption in Morocco

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Published: 19th April 2002
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Orphans of Islam portrays the abject lives and "excluded body" of abandoned and bastard children in contemporary Morocco, while critiquing the concept and practice of "adoption," which too often is considered a panacea. Through a close and historically grounded reading of legal, social, and cultural mechanisms of one predominantly Islamic country, Jamila Bargach shows how "the surplus bastard body" is created by mainstream society.

This is a fine example of how meticulous ethnography of extraordinary power is 'found' in the course of fieldwork that is both rigorous and guided by profound personal connection. Bargach has caught Moroccan society in a revealing contradiction and produces an account from it that is both ethical and honorable. -- George Marcus, Rice University
Orphans of Islam succeeds as a combination rich ethnography and sophisticated theoretical analysis. Bargach does an exceptional job of capturing and translating the eloquence of her interlocutors. ...a book that demonstrates the merits of writing anthropology that attends to the local and the global, the textual and embodied, and the ascetics and politics of ethnographic representation. * Anthropological Quarterly *
[Bargach's] book is a vital pioneering foundation that could continue to affect social change. I hope that she will continue and others will build and apply this information, bringing society to a higher level and these victims of society closer to social justice and to the basic human dignity of belonging and connection that every person deserves. -- Mahasin Saleh, University of Houston * International Journal of Middle East Studies *
Through incisive analysis, disciplined passion, and moving prose, Jamila Bargach exposes in this book some of the hidden ambiguities of culture, religion, and power in her own society to the light of thoughtful compassion and humanizing possibilities of redress. This is a truly courageous and inspiring book, confronting silent conspiracies of shame and victimization of innocence with the transforming power of love and truth to enable human agency to overcome its own limitations. An eye opener to see injustice where least acknowledged, and an empowering voice for the oppressed everywhere. -- Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Emory University School of Law

Note on Transliteration and Transcriptionp. xi
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction(s): Object/Subject, Discipline/Argumentp. 1
Defining Moves: From Text to Script and from Script to Text
Legal Throes: Genealogies and Debates on Kafala, Adoption, and Abandoned Childrenp. 23
Counterpoints: The Idiom of Adoption between Theological Interpretation, the Rise of the Nation-State and the 'Real'p. 45
Rootless Lives and Bloodless Ties: Bastards, Secret Adoptions, and Some Other Cultural Dialectics
Of Anthropology: Nature, Nurture, and Kinshipp. 75
Of Rituals: Names, Affiliation, and Identityp. 103
Of Culture: Loci, Lore, and Stereotypesp. 123
Nothing above Family: To Reflect on Marginality
News from the Art, Intellectual, and Media Fronts: Reflections on and Representations of Marginalityp. 153
Social Work at Work: Or What Politics for What Help?p. 175
Civil Society and Social Work: Or the Politics of What Help?p. 193
Postfacep. 215
Notesp. 219
Indexp. 285
About the Authorp. 291
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ISBN: 9780742500266
ISBN-10: 0742500268
Series: Alterations
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 19th April 2002
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.9  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.58