The history of the Moroccan troops in the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) is the story of an encounter between two culturally and ethnically different people, and the attempts by both sides, Moroccan and Spanish, to take control of this contact. This book shows to what extent colonials could participate in negotiating limits and taboos rather than being only on the receiving end of them. The examination of this encounter, in its military, religious, as well as sexual aspects, sheds new light on colonial relations, and on how unique or typical the Spanish colonial case is in comparison to other European ones.

chapter |26 pages

Introduction 1

part I|80 pages

Combat and life in the army

part II|72 pages

Women and religion

chapter 4|31 pages

Victims, wives and concubines

Relations between Moroccan troops and Spanish women 1

chapter 5|39 pages

Moros y Cristianos

Religious aspects of the participation of Moroccan soldiers in the war 1

part III|44 pages

The Moroccan as enemy, the Moroccan as ‘brother’

chapter 6|22 pages

The Republic and the Moroccans 1

chapter 7|20 pages

To be Spanish, to be Moroccan