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The Tale Of The Martyred Maiden

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This chapter focuses on tales and qinot, poetic laments, written in Morocco in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The prose genres, specifically the chronicle, the ma'aseh, the historical tale, and the midrash or homily are rabbinic literary categories that express a particular approach to historical memory, one that subsumes the specifics of events under the general concepts of the sacred historical dynamic of exile and redemption, galut u-ge'ulah. While Jacob Toledano's work is an important source on Moroccan Jewish history, his version of Sol' story, when compared to Ben Naim's account, lacks details and the movement of the narrative from Tangier to Fez lacks causal probability. The role of the Sultan in this version shifts the cause of the quarrel from a religious dispute centered on questions of conversion, testimony of faith, and theological superiority to one of a spurned lover.

Keywords: Ben Naim; galut u-ge'ulah; historical tale; Jacob Toledano; ma'aseh; Moroccan Jewish history; prose genres; qinot; Sol' story



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