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Voir et entendre le Livre : Une édition marocaine du Coran

Abstract : This paper examines the creation in 2010 of a Moroccan edition of the Quran, which differs from others in its recitation method (wasrh), calligraphic style (maghribî) and the foliage compositions surrounding the text. By analyzing the making process of the Book through the work of calligraphers, illuminators, designers and others working under the control of institutional ulamas (clergymen of Islam), this paper aims to understand how the Book’s characteristics are used by the Monarchy to control the sensitive relationship of believers to Quran and to make sure it is transmitted according to a properly Moroccan and consistent sensorial register. Based on mnemonic techniques, the learning of Quran mainly involves sight and hearing in order to facilitate the incorporation of the text into all participants. More generally, this ethnographic inquiry carried from 2010 to 2017 questions the way the intimate relationship to Quran is being “mediated” by the book and how the materiality of the object is designed to establish an exclusive connection with the divine: through and by the monarch.
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Anouk Cohen. Voir et entendre le Livre : Une édition marocaine du Coran. Gradiva, Revue Européenne d’Anthropologie Littéraire, Psychanalyse et Littérature, 2017, En croire ses sens, p. 72-99. ⟨hal-03073871⟩



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