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Legal Pluralism in Morocco | Jessica Marglin

Legal Pluralism in Morocco | Jessica Marglin

Original air date: 18 February 2014 | Throughout most of the Muslim world, many of the affairs of religious minorities were historically governed by separate legal principles and courts, resulting in a state of legal pluralism. In practice, this created multiple forums for legal opinion that individuals irrespective of their religion could use for recording and resolving matters of business, family and property. In this episode, Jessica Marglin discusses her research on the relationship between Muslim and Jewish courts in Morocco during the nineteenth century.

Jessica Marglin is an Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Alma Heckman is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at UCLA focusing on communist movements and Jewish politics in Morocco.


Palace of Justice, Tangiers c1900
Schroeter, Daniel J. Merchants of Essaouira: Urban Society and Imperialism in Southwestern Morocco, 1844-1886. Cambridge: Cambridge Univer