An artistic exploration of Arab-Israeli relations
Researchers will explore Jewish-Muslim dynamic interactions in performance art across North Africa (the Maghreb) and France since 1920. The EU-funded DJMI project will study the interactions in popular comedic performance culture, focusing on the word Zouj which means a couple, or two, in both Arabic and Hebrew. The study will trace the dynamics of Jewish-Muslim interactions starting from the satirical sketches of early popular comedic theatrical production in Algeria and Morocco to a recent wave of literature, film and music. The findings will provide a new historical perspective on the current sectarian divisions between Muslims and Jews around the world. The time period encompasses France’s attempts to assimilate Maghrebi Jews and Muslims at different levels under colonial rule, decolonisation that saw mass departures from North Africa and the Arab-Israeli conflict, as well as rising anti-Semitism and Islamophobia across the Western world.
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