Crescent Over Another Horizon

Islam in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino USA

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Maria del Mar Logroño Narbona, Paulo G. Pinto, John Tofik Karam
  • University of Texas Press
    , November
     356 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Michael Perez forthcoming.


This book has also been reviewed in JAAR by Michael Amoruso.

Muslims have been shaping the Americas and the Caribbean for more than five hundred years, yet this interplay is frequently overlooked or misconstrued. Brimming with revelations that synthesize area and ethnic studies, Crescent over Another Horizon presents a portrait of Islam’s unity as it evolved through plural formulations of identity, power, and belonging. Offering a Latino American perspective on a wider Islamic world, the editors overturn the conventional perception of Muslim communities in the New World, arguing that their characterization as “minorities” obscures the interplay of ethnicity and religion that continues to foster transnational ties.

Bringing together studies of Iberian colonists, enslaved Africans, indentured South Asians, migrant Arabs, and Latino and Latin American converts, the volume captures the power-laden processes at work in religious conversion or resistance. Throughout each analysis—spanning times of inquisition, conquest, repressive nationalism, and anti-terror security protocols—the authors offer innovative frameworks to probe the ways in which racialized Islam has facilitated the building of new national identities while fostering a double-edged marginalization. The subjects of the essays transition from imperialism (with studies of morisco converts to Christianity, West African slave uprisings, and Muslim and Hindu South Asian indentured laborers in Dutch Suriname) to the contemporary Muslim presence in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Trinidad, completed by a timely examination of the United States, including Muslim communities in “Hispanicized” South Florida and the agency of Latina conversion. The result is a fresh perspective that opens new horizons for a vibrant range of fields.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Maria del Mar Longroño Narbona is assistant professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at Florida International University.

Paulo G. Pinto is professor of anthropology at the Universidade Federal Fluminense, where he also directs the Center for Middle East Studies. His previous books include Ethnographies of Islam: Ritual Performances and Everyday Practices.


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