Power in Moroccan women’s narratives of the hajj

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Abstract

In this chapter, I discuss how age, gender and class intersect in facilitating or restricting the physical and social mobility of Moroccan women as they (aspire to) go on hajj. Although pilgrimage to Mecca is a sacred duty for all Muslims who are able to undertake it, due to local conceptions of the physical and social mobility it involves, until recently most Moroccans tended to associate the hajj performance with men rather than women. While more female pilgrims are able to perform the pilgrimage today, women continue to face many challenges before they are able to go on pilgrimage to Mecca. This chapter analyses the hajj narratives of Moroccan women from different backgrounds. Taking an intersectionality approach, it studies how women’s pilgrimage experiences are related to their mobility in everyday life and to the forms of capital needed to perform the pilgrimage to Mecca and the kinds of capital that they acquire through hajj performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMuslim Women’s Pilgrimage to Mecca and Beyond
Subtitle of host publicationReconfiguring Gender, Religion, and Mobility
EditorsMarjo Buitelaar, Manja Stephan-Emmrich, Viola Thimm
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter3
Pages56-74
Number of pages19
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9781003110903
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2020

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