Tracing Islamicate Culture in America: History, Architecture, and Public Life
This October, the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) and the Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC) held its proceedings in one of the U.S.’s cultural capitals–New Orleans! It gave MEOC leadership the opportunity to think creatively about connections between the Middle East and our local communities and inspired a fascinating teacher workshop hosted with the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. With New Orleans as our starting place, we explored the diverse Middle Eastern, North African, European, Latin American, and Caribbean origins of cultural traits that permeate everyday life in Louisiana and the southern United States. The articles that follow represent just a few of the issues we discussed–but we hope these glimpses will prove useful in thinking about cultural connections in the classroom.
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