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Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Helfgott, Leonard Michael, 1937-

Second Advisor

Mariz, George

Third Advisor

Jimerson, Randall C.


The diverse fabric of life which comprises Gibraltar encompasses various ethnic backgrounds including but not limited to; Maltese, East Indian, Moroccan, Italian, Spaniard, and Sephardic Jews. The aim of this thesis is to examine the contribution of the Sephardic Jew in respect to the cultural and economic development of the Gibraltarian. This is accomplished by highlighting the historical relationships between the countries of Spain, England, and Morocco with their Jewish population, and secondly by using both primary and secondary research materials to delve into the daily life of a Sephardic Jew during the early colonial development of Gibraltar between 1704 to the mid nineteenth century when the social identity of the Gibraltarian manifested. Gibraltar's unique cultural identity is further examined by applying various components of cultural theorist's philosophies creating a distinct cultural ideology exclusive to Gibraltar. It is precisely the uniqueness of Gibraltar which makes it such a difficult area to categorize and yet such an intriguing region to study.




Sephardim--Gibraltar--Civilization, Sephardim--Environmental aspects--Gibraltar, Civilization, Modern--Jewish influences, National characteristics, Gibraltarian


Western Washington University

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