New book about Spanish colonialism in Morocco

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    Eric Calderwood

    Dear colleagues,

    I’m delighted to announce the publication of my book, *Colonial al-Andalus:
    Spain and the Making of Modern Moroccan Culture*
    (Harvard University Press, 2018).

    Grounded in nearly a decade of research in Spain and North Africa, *Colonial
    al-Andalus *explores the culture, politics, and legacies of Spanish
    colonialism in Morocco (1859-1956). It traces the genealogy of a
    widespread idea about Morocco: namely, the idea that modern Moroccan
    culture descends directly from al-Andalus. This idea is pervasive in
    contemporary Moroccan historiography, literature, and political
    discourse. *Colonial
    al-Andalus *argues that Morocco’s Andalusi identity is not a medieval
    legacy, but is, instead, a modern invention that emerged from the colonial
    encounter between Spain and Morocco in the nineteenth and twentieth
    centuries. In pursuit of this argument, the book examines a diverse array
    of Spanish, Arabic, French, and Catalan sources, including literature,
    historiography, journalism, political speeches, tourist brochures, and
    visual culture.

    I’m taking the liberty of making this announcement to the Global
    Hispanophone forum because many of you share my interest in Hispano-African
    relations. I would be grateful if you would consider recommending the book
    to your librarians and colleagues. I’ve attached a one-page promotional
    flyer, which includes a longer description of the book and all the
    publication details.

    On a final note, I’m happy to announce that I will be giving a talk about
    the book at Casa Árabe in Madrid on May 7. If any of you happen to be in
    Madrid on that day, I’d be delighted to see you at the event. Thanks again
    for your interest and support, without which I would not have been able to
    finish this project.



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    Benita Sampedro

    Congratulations, Eric Calderwood, for such groundbreaking contribution to Global Hispanophone Studies!

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