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Friday, April 26th, 2013

Arab Influence on Samba

74 Brazilian Route from Arab Brazilian Chamber on Vimeo.

Certainly, a lot of the Blacks slaves which went to Brazil were Muslim when they first arrived; but after the Malê Revolt of the early 19th century (around 1835), the Brazilians totally crushed Islam in Brazil.

the Malê Revolt

Fearing the example might be followed, the Brazilian authorities began to watch the malês very carefully and in subsequent years intensive efforts were made to force conversions to Catholicism and erase the popular memory and affection towards Islam. However, the African Muslim community was not erased overnight, and as late as 1910 it is estimated there were still some 100,000 African Muslims living in Brazil.

In effect, Islam was crushed.

In 2010, the Brazilian census reported only 35,167 Muslims. Most of there were of recent immigrant stock.

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Barra World, Rio

A major theme park/shopping mall in Rio De Janeiro, which is part mall, part Epcot Center.

Barra World was built by an Arab-Brazilian.

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Arabic Dances In Barra World

Izlene Christina's Website

What is clear is that a lot of these people who embrace Arab dance are NOT Arabic.

The was done at a Syrian-Lebanese Restaurant in a shopping mall/theme park called Barra World (World Bar), in Rio de Janeiro. The Mall has streets with recreations of architecture from around the world. It was designed to look like Epcot Center.

Interestingly the entrepeneur who built the shopping mall/theme park is Joseph Koury. K(h)oury is Arabic for priest, indicating he was probably of Arabic Christian ancestry.

It seems to be a weekly show, performed every Saturday.

If you are in Rio, look it up.

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