Pennell, C. R.. Women and resistance to colonialism in Morocco: the Rif 1916-1926

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Title: Women and resistance to colonialism in Morocco: the Rif 1916-1926

Published in: Journal of African history -- Vol. 28

Published By: Journal of African history -- Vol. 28 [London, New York]: Cambridge University Press, 1987. 107-118 p.

By line: By C. R. Pennell

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Berbers of Morocco (MX03)

Subjects: Gender status (562); Division of labor by gender (462); Revolution (669); Status, role, and prestige (554); External relations (648); Military organization (701); Family relationships (593); Gender roles and issues (890); Aftermath of combat (727); Status, role, and prestige (554); Religious experience (781); Offenses against the state (687); Police (625); Discipline and morale (703); Life history materials (159); Acculturation and culture contact (177);

Abstract: This article discusses the role of women during the Rif war of the 1920s. It shows that the mobilization and organization of tribal society by Muhammad bin Abd al-Karim to resist against Spanish and French occupation extended to women as well as men, involving them in new tasks under new laws. In the end, however, the evidence points not so much to a revolution in women's lives as to the activation for the purposes of war of a traditional 'female space'. In so doing, the paper points to the real importance of the women's sphere in a society which was sexually strongly segregated, confirming the impression derived from studies of more literate, urban and aristocratic Muslim societies of North Africa and the Middle East.

Document Number: 9

Document ID: mx03-009

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: 1984

Evaluation: Historian-4/5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem; 2010

Coverage Date: 1916-1926

Coverage Place: Morocco

LCSH: Rif (Morocco)


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