As part of the Conferencias Caribeñas 11 Series, the Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (UPR-RP) presents “Musulmanes africanos en el Caribe y América Latina” [African Muslims in the Caribbean and Latin America] by Dr. Michael A. Gomez (Department of History and Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University). Dr. Bruno Ferrer (Department of History, School of Humanities, UPR-RP) will offer commentary on the lecture. [Dr. Gomez also presented “The Caribbean Moment: The Caribbean Presence and Contribution to the Unfolding of the African Diaspora in North America” earlier this afternoon (September 18, 2012).]
The activity will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2012, from 1:00 to 3:30pm at the Manuel Maldonado Denis Amphitheatre in the Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building (CRA 108), School of the Social Sciences, UPR-RP.
Description: This presentation is based on research examining African Muslims and their descendants in the Americas, focusing on their experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean. Upon arrival to the Americas mostly as slaves, Muslims
were able to achieve recognition as individuals and, in some cases, to build spaces of social and economic autonomy. However, their experiences in the Americas were not all the same, as they developed differing reputations in different
areas. The presentation examines their circumstances during slavery, their struggle to live their lives as Muslims, the challenges they faced during slavery times, what happened to them after slavery, and the influence they had on local cultures.
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