Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2020

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Middle East Studies

First Advisor

David Commins




Today the vast majority of Jews of Moroccan descent hail from Israel. In a 16-year period between 1948 and 1964, 220,000 of Morocco’s 250,000 Jews emigrated from the country.1 Most, but not all of these Jews settled in the newly established Jewish state, where they faced various forms of discrimination. In order to combat this harsh reality, Moroccan Israelis eliminated aspects of their identity including their unique practice of saint veneration.2 It is therefore, quite surprising that beginning in the 1970s, Moroccan Jewish saint veneration has made a major comeback.3 These days, thousands of Jews can be seen participating in saint venerating practices once again, therefore bringing the attention of scholars to the practice.