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Across Legal LinesJews and Muslims in Modern Morocco$
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Jessica M. Marglin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300218466

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300218466.001.0001

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The Sultan’s Jews

The Sultan’s Jews

(p.102) Chapter Four The Sultan’s Jews
Across Legal Lines

Jessica M. Marglin

Yale University Press

This chapter draws on the records of the Ministry of Complaints and other government correspondence to argue that Jews were tied to the state in part through their ability to demand redress from the Makhzan. This bond became particularly crucial for the sultan to reinforce as foreigners questioned the Makhzan's ability to properly protect its Jewish subjects and used the alleged abuses of Jews as an excuse to meddle in Morocco's internal affairs. Jews regularly petitioned the government when they felt they had been denied their rights; doing so forged a practical bond that reaffirmed their link to the sultan as protector of dhimmīs.

Keywords:   Ministry of Complaints, government correspondence, Makhzan, Morocco's internal affairs, dhimmīs, Moroccan government

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