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Guest speaker Dr. Boum- Jewish culture and societies in the Sahara

Posted May. 27, 2011

Dr Aomar Boum docx flyerAomar Boum will be speaking at Kent State on September 26th and 27th. He will speak at Oscar Ritchie's Lecture Hall on September 26th in the evening, and on September 27th will be available to students and faculty from 10:45 AM to 12:30 pm at the Cohn Jewish Student Center, 613 E. Summit St. The evening lecture is open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, with further support from the department of History, the Office of International Affairs, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences. The subject of Dr. Boum's lecture is Jewish culture and societies in the Sahara. Dr. Boum is a professor at the University of Arizona.

Boum is an assistant professor of and at the University of Arizona. He also holds a courtesy appointment with The Arizona Center for Judaic Studies. Boum was born and raised in the oasis of Mhamid, Foum Zguid (Province of Tata, southern Morocco), and received a Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2006, with a minor in history and a minor in Near Eastern studies. I also hold an M.A. in applied humanities from Al-Akhawayn University, Ifrane (Morocco) in 1997, and a B.A. in English language and literature from Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakesh (Morocco) in 1993. Before joining the University of Arizona, I taught at Portland State University (2006-2008) as a tenure-track assistant professor of International Studies and Islamic Studies.  Dr. Boum is currently serving as the Vice President of AIMS (American Institute for Maghrib Studies).

Dr. Boum's research area revolves around the Middle East in general and North, West, and Sub-Saharan Africa in particular. Boum's interests include Moroccan history and historiography, ethnic and religious minorities in Africa and the Middle East, Islamic movements, Moroccan politics, Islam, urbanization, traditional Islamic and modern education, Arab media, internet, youth movements, migration, folkdances and water politics and issues. His main research explores how different generations of Moroccan Muslims remember, picture and construct Moroccan Jews, Jewishness and Judaism. Dr. Boum's  Ph.D. dissertation was entitled Muslims Remember Jews in Southern Morocco: Social Memories, Dialogic Narratives, and the Collective Imagination of Jewishness. He has published a number of articles on the history and historiography of the Jewish communities of southern Morocco, Jewish-Muslim interfaith dialogue, representation of Jews in Moroccan museums, Jewish migration in the context of Arab nationalism and Zionism, and the Alliance Israélite Universelle in rural Morocccan communities.