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Ben Jelloun, Tahar


Subject Imperial, Colonial, and Postcolonial History » Postcolonial History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444334982.2016.x


Tahar Ben Jelloun is a Francophone poet and writer born in Fès (Morocco) on December 1, 1944. He first attended the Koranic school in his neighborhood, and then, at the age of 6, entered a bilingual French-Moroccan school, the principal of which was French. In the mornings, classes would be taught in French; in the afternoon, they would be conducted in Arabic. In 1955, Ben Jelloun's parents moved to Tangiers, another Moroccan city on the north coast, and in 1956, he entered the Lycée Ibn Al Khatib, a high school in which most of the teaching was conducted in French. After the brevet (an examination taken in the French school system at the age of 15), he went to the French high school Régnault, graduating in 1963. He then studied philosophy at the university in Rabat. On March 23, 1965, large student protests took place in Morocco's main cities. They were violently repressed by the police, as a result of which many arrests were made. In July 1966, Ben Jelloun's philosophy studies suddenly came to a halt when he was sent to an army disciplinary camp (in El Hajeb, and then Ahermemou, in eastern Morocco) along with 94 other students suspected of having organized the protests of March 1965. Ben Jelloun was released from the camp in January 1968, and resumed his philosophy studies. In October 1968, he took up his first teaching job at the Lycée Charif Idrissi in Tetouan, becoming that ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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