Gunpowder Women: A Generation Galloping Past the Mudawana

Episode 45

Gunpowder Women: 

A Generation Galloping Past the Mudawana

In this podcast, Gwyneth Talley, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology at the University of California at Los Angeles, presents Morocco's little known tradition of women troupes who perform the famous tbourida (Fantasia) equestrian ceremony. A Fulbright scholar in Morocco (2015-2016), Gwyneth Talley shared insights into how the revival in women's equestrian sports, in particular the tbourida, coincided with the 2004 Moroccan personal status code, the MudawanaThis podcast was recorded on 23 April 2018 at the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM). 

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Suggested Readings

Bimberg, Edward L. 1999.  The Moroccan Goums: Tribal Warriors in a Modern War.  London: Greenwood Press.

Daumas, Eugène. 2012 (1968). The Horses of the Sahara. S. M. Ohlendorf, Trans. Austin: The University of Texas Press.

Daumas, Eugène. 2012 (1971). The Ways of the Desert. S. M. Ohlendorf, Trans. Austin: The University of Texas Press.

Djebar, Assia. 1993 (1985). Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade. D. S. Blair, Trans. Portsmouth: Heinemann.

Emir Abd el-Kader et Eugène Daumas. 2008 (1865). Dialogues sur l'hippologie arabe : Les cheveaux du Sahara et les moeurs du désert. Texte intégrale établie par François Pouillon. Algiers: Editions Barzakh.

Estrin, James. 2015. "A Female Fantasia in Morocco." [Lens] Photography, Video and Visual Journalism. The New York Times (27 May).

Mekahli, Amina and Nacer Ouadahi. 2015. Tiaret : Cheveaux & Légendes. Algiers: ANEP.

Mernissi, Fatima. 1994. Dreams of Trespass, Tales of a Harem Girlhood. New York: Perseus Books.

Sedrati, Azzedine, Roger Tavernier and Bernard Wallet. 1997. L'art de la Fantasia: Cavaliers et Cheveaux du Maroc. Casablanca: Plume.

Talley, Gwyneth U. J. 2017. "Tbourida: Performing Traditional Equestrians as Heritage Tourism in Morocco. In Miriam Adelman and Kirrilly Thompson (Eds.) Equestrian Cultures in Global and Local Contexts. New York: Springer.

Zand, Sahar. 2016. "Morocco's warrior women beating mean at their own game." BBC Online. (June 1). 



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