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Not Lost in Translation: The Influence of Clifford Geertz's Work and Life on Moroccan Anthropology from the 1960s to the Present

Abstract of paper to be presented by Dale Eickelman, Dartmouth College, at the conference "Islam Re-Observed: Clifford Geertz in Morocco"

The contexts of anthropology and field research in Morocco have undergone a dramatic transformation in the more than four decades since Clifford Geertz’s first encounter with Morocco.  This paper explores the impact of his work and life on Moroccan sociological and anthropological thought over time, from his initial work in the 1960s, to how his writings were circulated, debated, and discussed among Moroccan students in the early 1990s, and presented in Arabic ethnographies in the past decade. 

Center for Near Eastern Studies