Migratory movements from the Middle East and North Africa into the Americas were precipitated by multiple and intersecting factors. This course will examine the historical and contemporary waves of Arab and Muslim migrants and refugees into the Americas from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. It will explore how empire, globalization, and war influenced and continue to influence the flow of people across borders and impact policies and ideas of belonging in receiving nation-states. We will examine Arab and Muslim identity in light of gendered, ethnoreligious, class, and national affiliations and investigate the racialization of Islam and the gendered-Orientalist constructions of Arabs and Muslims in Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Honduras, Cuba) and the US. Utilizing interdisciplinary texts in Transnational Feminist Theory, Cultural Studies, and history, we will trace the ways that specific diasporic subjects have been incorporated into host nation-states and analyze, through a comparative framework, the receptions and rejections of Arabs and Muslims in the US and Latin America.
Course Attributes: EN SAS LCDAS SSCAS SD IFA SSCAR SSCAS SC
Section 01The Arab & Muslim Americas: Feminist Perspectives
INSTRUCTOR: MunemView Course Listing