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So Far from Allah, So Close to Mexico: Middle Eastern Immigrants in Modern Mexico Paperback – July 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0292716414 ISBN-10: 0292716419

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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292716419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292716414
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THERESA ALFARO-VELCAMP is Assistant Professor of History at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. She has published numerous scholarly articles on Middle Eastern immigrants who settled in Latin America.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By chivas on August 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
An excellent detailed account of Middle Easterner immigrants in Mexico (Past, Present, Future?) and a large bibliography that can serve independent researchers. The only downside to this book is that some of its chapters overlap. A great untold story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A customer on January 31, 2009
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This is a great book and research work of Mexican history. Middle Eastern immigration to Mexico and the history thereof is not a very prominent area of study among "general" scholars and students of history but Professor Theresa Alfaro-Velcamp introduces the reader to this history in seven analytical and descriptive chapters that will give us the minimum and necessary dose of knowledge needed.

Often the history of Mexico that we study and learn is political and economical and linear. Linear in the sense that we usually begin with the War of Independence then passing through the Mexican-United States war, La Reforma, the Reconstruction, the Porfiriato, the Mexican Revolution and so on. But rarely is any space or time given to the history of immigration to Mexico especially from the Middle East.

So Far from Allah, So Close to Mexico is the book that will help cover that gap of history that is usually not taught to us in the general course. However, as the subtitle of the book "Middle Eastern Immigrants In Modern Mexico" reflects, Dr. Alfaro-Velcamp only focuses on the recent immigration from the Middle East to Mexico. Basing herself on over 8,000 original immigration cards and plenty of other data, she begins to trace the history all the way back to the beginning of the Porfiriato and ending up to the contemporary era.

As a historian myself I strongly recommend this book to any person interesting in expanding their knowledge of Mexican history. This is a book that will help you further appreciate Mexican history and understand how Middle Easterners were also part of the social construction of "Mexicanidad" and how their struggles and ambitions were no different than those of any other Mexican.
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By R. Awad on January 8, 2014
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As a American-Lebanese I really enjoyed reading this book. It explains why there are so many arabs in Mexico and central america.
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