Credit: Andonian Timothée / Iméra
Samuel Sami Everett
Zouj “the Dynamics of Jewish-Muslim Interaction in Maghribi Popular Culture”
Summary of the research project
The word Zuj has a common root in Arabic and Hebrew (ZWJ/ZWG) which means couple, pair or engaged. Its polysemy encompasses the dialogical character of the eponymous project, which examines cosmopolitan North African Judeo-Muslim spaces of cultural exchange and creativity, from the 1920s to the present day, in the Maghreb and in the diaspora. The Zouj project intends to investigate four of these spaces, analysing how many duos have distinguished themselves and continue to do so. The project is part of research on heritage, cultural preservation, religious and linguistic diversity, and finally comparative studies. It deals with forms of artistic resistance to imposed cultural patterns, of national or religious order, through ethno-religious representations and changing socio-political contexts.
Samuel Sami Everett is a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He holds a PhD in Politics from SOAS, University of London and a BA in North African Language and Culture from INALCO, Paris. His research focuses on the historical-colonial and spatial-political dimensions of interreligious identification to North Africa.