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The construction of Muslim identities in contemporary Brazil

Author: Cristina Maria de Castro
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland. : Lexington Books, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book shows the results of my doctoral thesis in Social Sciences about the construction of Muslim identities in Sao Paulo, the state which receives more Muslim immigrants in Brazil. The issue of construction of identities of this religious minority was undertaken in relation to: a) the pressures of Brazilian society, characterized by the strong presence of Catholicism, the growth of Protestantism, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cristina Maria de Castro
ISBN: 9780739149836 0739149830
OCLC Number: 825047379
Notes: "Translated by Rodrigo Braga Freston"--Cover.
Description: xi, 169 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: IntroductionMethodology used: comments on its limits and advantagesChapter 1: Brief history of Islamic presence in BrazilChapter 2: The "Muslim identity" and its definition in relation to the Brazilian religious fieldChapter 3: Globalization, transnational Islamic networks and their influence in the construction of Muslim identities in BrazilChapter 4: The negotiation of Muslim identities inside Brazilian Muslim communitiesChapter 5: Muslim minorities in Brazil and The Netherlands: a comparative perspectiveConclusion
Responsibility: Cristina Maria de Castro.

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"This book shows the results of my doctoral thesis in Social Sciences about the construction of Muslim identities in Sao Paulo, the state which receives more Muslim immigrants in Brazil. The issue of construction of identities of this religious minority was undertaken in relation to: a) the pressures of Brazilian society, characterized by the strong presence of Catholicism, the growth of Protestantism, the fundamentally Western culture, the secular state, the dependency of the USA and the tradition of welcoming immigrants and absorbing them in a process of Brazilianization; b) the impact of globalization over this minority group, both in the sense of the propagation of negative stereotypes in relation to Islam and its faithful, as a consequence of the influence of the Orientalist media and academia, as well as the sense of strengthening of the bonds of the diaspora with the rest of the Muslim world; c) the internal negotiations between immigrants and converts and between men and women for the definition of what is a Muslim; and d) the possible appearance of different Islamic practices and discourses generated by diversified occupations, ethnicities and spatial distributions, through the comparative study of the Muslim communities of Campinas and Sao Paulo city. Besides illustrating the variety of values, conceptions and beliefs Muslims have in Brazil, this work intends to facilitate the perception of what is a product of the national and cultural context and what is a product of global tendencies that influence Muslim minorities throughout the world, presenting a comparative research between the Muslim communities in Brazil and the Netherlands"--Provided by publisher.

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