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Cartographies of Islam in the Americas: Migrants, Converts and Devotion

A Conference organize by Camila Pastor de Maria y Campos, UCLA

Friday, April 03, 2009
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
362 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This Symposium brings together scholars from the length and breadth of the Americas to map the
growing presence of Islam in the ‘New World’. Participants bring a wide array of disciplines to
this effort, including history, anthropology and political science, and very different sourcesranging
from hemerographic archives, to personal narratives and internet discussion forums, to
generate an interdisciplinary vision of this complex social landscape.


A Forgotten Presence: Muslim Migrants in early 20th Century South America
María del Mar Logroño Carbona, Assistant Professor, History Department, Florida State

Boundaries and Passages: Migrants and Converts in the Muslim Communities in Brazil
Paulo G. Pinto, Ph.D. in Anthropology from Boston University. Professor at the Graduate
Program in Anthropology and Political Science and Director of the Center for Middle East Studies
(NEOM) at the Fluminense Federal University – Brazil

Islam in Cuba
Luis Mesa Delmonte, Researcher and Academic Coordinator at the Center for the Study of Asia
and Africa (CEAA), Colegio de Mexico, Mexico

Conversion Stories: Testimonies of Faith
Jonathan Friedlander, Assistant Director/Outreach Director, UCLA Near Eastern Studies Center

Being a new Muslim in Mexico: Conversion as Class Mobility
Camila Pastor de Maria y Campos, Ph.D Candidate, UCLA Department of Anthropology,

Cost : Free

AmyBruinooge, Center for Near Eastern Studies
(310) 825-1181

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies

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