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We Have Come Back Home: The Spanish-Moroccan Community, Collective Memory, and Sacred Spaces in Contemporary Spain

Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Delaware State University, 1201 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901, USA
Religions 2019, 10(2), 128; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10020128
Received: 12 December 2018 / Revised: 18 February 2019 / Accepted: 19 February 2019 / Published: 22 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sacred Space and Place)
This paper examines the role of Islamic sacred spaces in Spanish-Moroccan identity negotiations in contemporary Madrid, Spain. In doing so, I explore how these sacred sites produce diverse meanings and practices that resist the Spanish states hegemonic narratives of place. I argue that the multilayered resistance via the “memory” and “place” of these sacred sites ostensibly reconciles and situates Spanish-Moroccans within the larger Spanish imagined community. The paper will first discuss the trans-local experiences of the Spanish-Moroccan community and how their liminal state of being neither “here or there” necessitates an anchor (Muslim sacred spaces) to the new home context. I will then outline a brief historical narrative of the Muslim presence in Spain and then analyze the meanings attached to the sacrality of Islamic monuments and mosques to the Spanish-Moroccan community. Finally, the paper will explore how the historical memories and their discursive meanings attached to these sacred sites allow Spanish-Moroccans to produce counterhegemonic frameworks that challenge and reshape nationalistic spaces. View Full-Text
Keywords: collective memory; sacred places; mosque; monuments; Muslim; Spanish-Moroccans; migrants collective memory; sacred places; mosque; monuments; Muslim; Spanish-Moroccans; migrants
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Ouassini, A. We Have Come Back Home: The Spanish-Moroccan Community, Collective Memory, and Sacred Spaces in Contemporary Spain. Religions 2019, 10, 128. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10020128

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Ouassini A. We Have Come Back Home: The Spanish-Moroccan Community, Collective Memory, and Sacred Spaces in Contemporary Spain. Religions. 2019; 10(2):128. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10020128

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Ouassini, Anwar. 2019. "We Have Come Back Home: The Spanish-Moroccan Community, Collective Memory, and Sacred Spaces in Contemporary Spain" Religions 10, no. 2: 128. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10020128

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