This book offers different insights into the study of the Olympic movement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
It seeks to capture how political and cultural nation-state building and economic transformations are impacting the region’s engagement (and disengagement) with the Olympic movement and the Olympic Games, as well as Paralympic sports.
This book was originally published as a special issue of The International Journal of the History of Sport.
Introduction – The Olympic Movement and the Middle East and North African Region: History, Culture and Geopolitics — An Introduction
1. Lebanon’s Youth Clubs and the 1936 Summer Olympics: Mobilizing Sports, Challenging Imperialism and Launching a National Project
2. Factors Behind Lebanon’s Difficulties Achieving Success at the Olympics
3. The Central Role of the State in the Governance of Sport and the Olympic Movement in Tunisia, from 1956 to the Present Day
Maha Zaoui and Emmanuel Bayle
4. Palestine and the Olympics – A History
Issam Khalidi and Alon K. Raab
5. A Foucauldian Interpretation of Paralympic Sport in the United Arab Emirates: An Exploration Through a Virtual Lens
Seth Joseph Perkin and P. David Howe
6. ‘Just Saying – Bravo Kids – and Giving Them Some Gifts is Not Enough’: Amateurism, Turkish Wrestling, and the Olympic Games
Sabri Özçakır and Matthew P. Llewellyn
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