The Middle East and Brazil

The Middle East and Brazil : Perspectives on the New Global South

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Connections between Brazil and the Middle East have a long history, but the importance of these interactions has been heightened in recent years by the rise of Brazil as a champion of the global south, mass mobilizations in the Arab world and South America, and the cultural renaissance of Afro-descendant Muslims and Arab ethnic identities in the Americas. This groundbreaking collection traces the links between these two regions, describes the emergence of new South-South solidarities, and offers new methodologies for the study of transnationalism, global culture, and international relations.
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  • Paperback | 366 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 30.48mm | 472g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253012279
  • 9780253012272

Table of contents

Introduction Paul Amar

Part I. South-South Relations, Security Politics, Diplomatic History
1. The Middle East and Brazil: Transregional Politics in the Dilma Rousseff Era Paul Amar
2. The South America-Arab States Summit: Historical Contexts of South-South Solidarity and Exchange Paulo Daniel Farah
3. Brazil's Relations with the Middle East in the "Oil Shock" Era: Pragmatism, Universalism, and Developmentalism in the 1970s Carlos Ribeiro Santana
4. Palestine/Israel Controversies in the 1970s and the Birth of Brazilian Transregionalism Monique Sochaczewski
5. Terrorist Frontier Cell or Cosmopolitan Commercial Hub? The Arab and Muslim Presence at the Border of Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina Fernando Rabossi

Part II. Race, Nation and Transregional Imaginations
6. Tropical Orientalism: Brazil's Race Debates and the Sephardi-Moorish Atlantic Ella Shohat and Robert Stam
7. Slave Barracks Aristocrats: Islam and the Orient in the Work of Gilberto Freyre Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond
8. Islamic Transnationalism and Anti-Slavery Movements: The Male Rebellion as Debated by Brazil's Press, 1835-1838 Jose T. Cairus
9. Brazil and Its Middle Eastern Populations: A Transnational Intellectual Sphere Maria del Mar Logrono Narbona
10. The Politics of Anti-Zionism and Racial Democracy in Homeland Tourism John Tofik Karam
11. Rio de Janeiro's Global Bazaar: Syrian, Lebanese, and Chinese Merchants in the Saara Neiva Vieira da Cunha and Pedro Paulo Thiago de Mello
12. Muslim Identities in Brazil: Engaging Local and Transnational Spheres Paulo Gabriel Hilu da Rocha Pinto

Part III. Literature and Transregional Media Cultures
13. Telenovelas and Muslim Identities in Brazil Silvia M. Montenegro
14. Turco Peddlers, Brazilian Plantationists, and Transnational Arabs: The Genre Triangle of Levantine-Brazilian Literature Silvia C. Ferreira
15. Multiple Homelands: Heritage and Migrancy in Brazilian Mahjari Literature A
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[This book] succeed[s]. . . in casting light on those parts of Brazilian politics and society which relate to the Middle East and which, if not ignored, have been largely overlooked. . . The book's other great strength is in providing an alternative history from below, by highlighting the impact of globalisation on national culture and identity.August 2015 * Journal of Latin American Studies * Truly one-of-a-kind book, this is a must read for students of geopolitics or international affairs, professional or amateur readers of Brazilian studies, and armchair historians alike. The Middle East and Brazil is a crucial study, certain to influence and inform future research on international affairs. * Brasiliana * [A] valuable and timely edited volume that sheds light on the economic, political, literary, social, cultural, religious, and historical connections between Brazil and the Middle East.32.2 Summer 2015 * AMER JRNL ISLAMIC SOC SCIENCES AJISS *
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About Paul Amar

Paul Amar is Associate Professor of Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is author of The Security Archipelago: Human-Security States, Sexuality Politics, and the End of Neoliberalism and editor of Global South to the Rescue: Emerging Humanitarian Superpowers and Globalizing Rescue Industries.
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