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

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

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

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

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

Paul Amar

What lies behind Brazil’s new affiliations with the Middle East, and South America’s attempts to unite, economically and politically, with the Arab League in order to counterbalance U.S. and Global North hegemony? How can we explain the sudden explosion of visibility and creativity among Brazil’s approximately sixteen million citizens who are descendants of Syrio-Lebanese and other Arab migrants or who are practicing Muslims? From where erupted this wave of interest among Arab leaders and Middle Eastern social movements who are looking to Brazil as a model for democracy and a beacon for Global South leadership? Which histories, literatures, and cultures have provided the foundation for these new forms of transnational imagination and solidarity?

This book appears at a time in which shifting global orderings and ties between continental regions of the Global South and East are being reconfigured around newly visible, large-scale processes and shifting flows of power, imagination, and activism. This is an era in which Brazil is increasingly asserting itself on the world stage, hosting the World Cup (2014) and the Olympic Games (2016), serving as bridge builder between emergent regions of the Global South, and striving diplomatically to rival the old North Atlantic–centered geopolitical models. And Brazil is reaching out commercially and culturally to the Middle East, often through the initiatives of merchants, culture makers, and entrepreneurs descended from Arab migrants who have been integrated in the Americas for generations. This is also an era in which Middle Eastern leaders and peoples, with unprecedented enthusiasm, are reaching out to Brazil as a trade partner that can help counterbalance the old economic dominance of the West or provide alternatives to the intensifying presence of China. Also, the peoples of Turkey, Iran, and in particular the countries that have recently been . . .

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