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Morophobia/Islamophobia and Morophilia/Islamophilia in 21st-Century Spain

Author(s): Eloy Martín Corrales

Journal: Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals
ISSN 1133-6595

Issue: 66-67;
Start page: 39;
Date: 2004;
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Keywords: Spain | Arabs | Muslims | Morocco | stereotypes

According to the author, several episodes in history from the 7th century to the present day have favoured, on the part of Spaniards, a negative perception of Arabo-Muslims in general and of Moroccans in particular in which a whole diverse series of prejudices andstereotypes converge. The relationship between the negative image and the tolerant one has never been static, and it depends on the changes produced in the Spanish political context, in the Arabo-Muslim countries, and in the international sphere. Out of a desire for revenge or to recover what has been lost, the image of Moroccans has been demonised and identified with barbarism in different periods and circumstances.
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