Latin America, al-Andalus, and the Arab World

Provider: AUB Press

Latin America, al-Andalus, and the Arab World: Essays on Cultural Transmission and Artistic Reimaginings delves into the rich tapestry of cultural exchanges from the Arab Islamic region spanning centuries.  The collection explores the centuries-long transmission of literature, language, music, theater architecture, and other forms of art and culture that initially arrived to the Iberian Peninsula, transported to Latin America and, more recently, back to the Arab World. Bringing together the foremost international scholars of culture from these three regions such as Luce López-Baralt, Christina Civantos, Emilio González Ferrín, and Enass Khansa, the volume addresses the nuanced and often underestimated connections that bind them together, shedding light on a profound kinship that has shaped the artistic and cultural landscapes across time.



In this illuminating volume on the multifarious legacy of al-Andalus, or medieval Muslim Iberia, Robert Myers and his contributors describe a vast network of cultural confluences linking the Arab Islamic world to Europe and Latin America, from the eighth century to the present. Both as a nexus of cultural relations and as a metaphor for coexistence and hybridization, al-Andalus has for centuries fascinated writers, artists, and scholars. Yet this rich new collection succeeds in adding new dimensions to the seemingly inexhaustible storehouse of evidence that the idea of autonomous and antithetical “Eastern” and “Western” cultures is a colossal myth.​

Waïl S. Hassan, Professor of Comparative Literature and English
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Author of Arab Brazil: Fictions of Ternary Orientalism


This is a wonderful volume that unveils the multiple links connecting the Middle East and Latin America through al-Andalus as historical, symbolic, and imagined reality. Different areas of expertise are brought together, creating new approaches to the flux of texts, music, ideas, images, and people that have created constant cultural exchanges which forged these historic and geographic spaces. This is a truly exciting look at how cultural traditions forged from al-Andalus have come together despite boundaries aimed at keeping them apart.​ ​​

​​​Paulo G. Pinto, Professor of Anthropology
Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, Brazil
Author of Árabes no Rio de Janeiro: Uma identidade plura


Editor: Robert Myers ​
Language: English 
Subject: ​Middle East Studies
Publication: 2024
Number of Pages: 260
Book Dimensions: 17 x 24 cm
Cover Type: Paper
Shipping Weight: 0.6 ​kg 
ISBN: 9786144920060