The Mexican Mahjar: Transnational Maronites, Jews, and Arabs under the French Mandate (Paperback)

The Mexican Mahjar: Transnational Maronites, Jews, and Arabs under the French Mandate By Camila Pastor Cover Image
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Winner, Khayrallah Migration Studies Prize, Moise Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, 2018

Migration from the Middle East brought hundreds of thousands of people to the Americas in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By the time the Ottoman political system collapsed in 1918, over a third of the population of the Mashriq, i.e. the Levant, had made the transatlantic journey. This intense mobility was interrupted by World War I but resumed in the 1920s and continued through the late 1940s under the French Mandate. Many migrants returned to their homelands, but the rest concentrated in Brazil, Argentina, the United States, Haiti, and Mexico, building transnational lives.

The Mexican Mahjar provides the first global history of Middle Eastern migrations to Mexico. Making unprecedented use of French colonial archives and historical ethnography, Camila Pastor examines how French colonial control over Syria and Lebanon affected the migrants. Tracing issues of class, race, and gender through the decades of increased immigration to Mexico and looking at the narratives created by the Mahjaris (migrants) themselves in both their old and new homes, Pastor sheds new light on the creation of transnational networks at the intersection of Arab, French, and Mexican colonial modernisms. Revealing how migrants experienced mobility as conquest, diaspora, exile, or pilgrimage, The Mexican Mahjar tracks global history on an intimate scale.

About the Author

A historical anthropologist exploring transnationalism, mediation, and subalterns in colonial settings, Camila Pastor is a profesor investigador in the División de Historia of the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas.

Praise For…

[A] contribution to our understanding of transnational networks, the role of the Levantine migrants to Mexico as well as an important chapter in modern Mexican history.
— Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online

Pastor's elucidation of migrant experiences, and their representation by various social actors, is essential reading for understanding the often-hidden diversity of modern Mexico…[The Mexican Mahjar] is a powerhouse.
— Mashriq & Mahjar

The Mexican an innovative book with creative reading of sources and well-designed chapters...Such documentary richness and its careful reading lead to important conclusions about culture transformation and Mahjaris’ active agency.
— Latin American Research Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781477314623
ISBN-10: 1477314628
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication Date: December 16th, 2017
Pages: 352
Language: English