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Colonial Encounters in Gendered Settings

Reflections on Mrīrīda nʾait ʿAtiq, a Moroccan Amazīgh Courtesan and Singing Poet

Lhoussain Simour    Hassan II University of Casablanca, Morocco    

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Mrīrīda nʾait ʿAtiq, or Mrīrīda ūt-ʿAtiq as she is locally known, is an Amazīgh popular troubadour who has been brought to oblivion by historiography writings. She was a courtesan and a traveling poet whose physical wanderings in the mountainous villages and valleys of Tasāout and Azilal are retold in her oral and aural poetry. Curiously, the often-scornful audiences in the public markets (souks) where she performed never got interested in Mrīrīda’s poems until she met with a French instructor who spoke the local dialect, taped the poems, translated them in French and documented them in Les Chants de la Tassaout.

Published
Oct. 21, 2021
Accepted
July 8, 2021
Submitted
March 9, 2021
Language
EN
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-460-8