Document Type

Honors Project


This paper demonstrates the cultural meaning of the hajj to Moroccans through grounded ethnography. Completing the hajj symbolizes both material success and Islamic piety while calling to the fore a distinctly Moroccan breed of authority derived from a ritualized process of submission with roots in the country's Sufi traditions. Such cultural meaning is brokered by a confluence of global social processes playing out in the local Moroccan setting. The channels of globalization simultaneously underscore "Western" capitalist values of acquisition and financial mobility and encourage individuals to embrace a regional Islamic Awakening that emphasizes the importance of devoutness for self-realization.



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