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What is a “Moroccan Qur’an”?

Abstract : This article engages with the relationship between Islamic authority, the materiality of the Qur’an and the commodification of the qur’anic text in Morocco. It situates this relationship within a broader context of changing text production, the liberalization of religious commodities, and the development of new information and communication technologies which, in turn, propagate multiple and heterogeneous means for Muslims to unify with the Word of God in a country where the monarch has been constitutionally defined as the commander of the believers. From the study of the creation in 2010 of a Moroccan edition of the Qur’an, which differs from others in its recitation method (warš), calligraphic style (maġribī) and the foliage compositions surrounding the text, this article aims to examine how aesthetic, political and religious norms inflect economic action, and vice versa. To this end, it considers Qur’an commodification, free market and Islamic authority as a set of concrete practices explored through the production of the book-object.
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Anouk Cohen. What is a “Moroccan Qur’an”?. Cahiers d'études africaines, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, 2019, Words of Paper, pp.1119-1154. ⟨10.4000/etudesafricaines.27701⟩. ⟨hal-03069292⟩

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