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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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This is a study, presented in a lyrical style, of the bastard body in contemporary Morocco. Abandoned, illegitimate, street and natural children are the epitome of abject marginality and exclusion, and this book, through an historically grounded reading of legal, social and cultural mechanisms in place, studies how this bastard body is generated. There is also an analysis of the concept of adoption and a discussion of a variety of adoptive practices. Written in part from the perspectives of the children and single mothers, intermittently from the view of adopting families, and employing bastardy as a haunting and empowering motif with a potentially subversive edge, this book then engages in a complex, open-ended, arabesque-like evocation of Moroccan society. This book challenges received sociological and anthropological tropes concerning the Arab world and questions dogmatic and conformist interpretations of Islam by Muslim and non-Muslim scholars.

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

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: 9780742500273
ISBN-10: 0742500276
Series: Alterations
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 28th March 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 16.31  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.48