Migration and religious place-making in Morocco
Political Sociology Seminar
Dr Johara Berriane (Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris) discusses her research on the mobility and participation of African Christian migrants in Muslim urban settings.
Since the end of the 1990s, Morocco has become a host country for African migrants from different origins, with different migration motivations and projects and different residency status. Whereas an increasing number of professional migrants decided to settle permanently in Morocco and receive residency status, others consider Morocco as a stepping stone or waiting zone before they can move forward to Europe or be resettled as refugees in third countries.
The presence of African migrants in Morocco contributed, among other things, to the pluralisation of the local religious landscape and the foundation of charismatic house-churches in the working-class districts of the main Moroccan cities. These migrant churches have a significant impact on the everyday life and the migration projects of their members. These churches introduce further new material practices of religion and other understandings of religious pluralism and citizenship in the Moroccan society.
Focusing on a case study conducted in charismatic house-churches in Rabat and Casablanca, Johara’s paper will discuss (i) the role of religion as a driver and resource for mobility and (ii) the local effects of the material practices of religion and the civic participation introduced by Christian migrants in these urban settings.
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