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Reconstructing identity: A study of new Muslims in São Paulo, Brazil

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Title: Reconstructing identity: A study of new Muslims in São Paulo, Brazil
Author(s): Shahid, Hasan
Advisor(s): Tosta, Luciano; Rana, Junaid
Department / Program: Latin American & Carib Studies
Discipline: Latin American Studies
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: M.A.
Genre: Thesis
Subject(s): Brazil muslims Islam religion identity converts Brazilian muslims conversion religious conversion reverts São Paulo
Abstract: This paper will address questions of identity that male Muslim converts in São Paulo, Brazil face after adopting Islam. Specifically, it will analyze how they place their religion into notions of what it means to be Brazilian. Furthermore, this paper will show how many of these converts use Islam as a way to reconstruct their personal identities. Finally, it will argue that by becoming Muslims, they embrace a transnational religious identity. This paper will seek to show how conversion to Islam in São Paulo can significantly influence how individuals articulate notions of Brazilian national identity and belonging to the nation.
Issue Date: 2010-08-31
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/16975
Rights Information: Copyright 2010 Hasan Shahid
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-08-31
2012-09-07
Date Deposited: 2010-08
 

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