Introduction: ‘Pluralizing North African historiography: Susan Gilson Miller and the history of Morocco’

Aomar Boum, Emily Benichou Gottreich, Jessica M. Marglin

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In this introduction, we chart the intellectual journey of Susan Gilson Miller and discuss her scholarly contributions to the field of North African Studies, Moroccan historiography and Moroccan Jewish history. We note Miller’s long commitment to foregrounding Maghribi voices, including female and minority accounts. Miller’s work on the Jewish communities of Morocco in particular has skillfully shown the complex position of these communities across time and space. Using Arabic sources, as well as French and Spanish pre-colonial and colonial archives, Miller also deployed the analysis of urban space to document and write communal histories. These local threads of Miller’s work interweave with larger historical concerns to create a unique global approach to her historical subjects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)488-500
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of North African Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Jews
  • Morocco
  • North Africa
  • World history
  • historiography
  • urban space

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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