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4. Quand le saint rencontre le sultan

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Two important moments in the 'life' of the saint symbolize the dual authority. The first is the fact of having surpassed the spiritual power of famous saints of Marrakech; the second is to have surpassed, this time, the temporal power of Black Sultan. Undoubtedly the appeal to justice is the characteristic of some mythical narratives, as demand of sherif Zahir characterizes others, and it is the cross-reading, not exclusive, of two that is able to reveal the historical-cultural message of the myth. Such cross-reading, which combines social justice and personal nobility, is well illustrated in a myth that he collected in High Atlas. In any case, the fact of exclusively including the confrontation between the man of God and the Sultan in a myth of social justice would reduce the one to a single applicant of reforms without any revolutionary ambition. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: Black Sultan; man of God; Marrakech; personal nobility; saint's life; sherif Zahir; social justice



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