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The Olympic Movement and the Middle East and North Africa Region

1st Edition

Edited by Mahfoud Amara


118 pages

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Hardback: 9780367217686
pub: 2019-05-14

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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction – The Olympic Movement and the Middle East and North African Region: History, Culture and Geopolitics — An Introduction

Mahfoud Amara

1. Lebanon’s Youth Clubs and the 1936 Summer Olympics: Mobilizing Sports, Challenging Imperialism and Launching a National Project

Dylan Baun

2. Factors Behind Lebanon’s Difficulties Achieving Success at the Olympics

Nadim Nassif

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

About the Editor

Mahfoud Amara is currently Director of the Sport Science Program at the College of Arts and Sciences at Qatar University. He has published on sport, business, culture, politics, and society in the Middle East and North Africa region. His other research interests are sport, multiculturalism, and intercultural dialogue in Europe, including the provision of sport for ethnic minorities, and sport and social inclusion. His recent publications include Sport, Politics and Society in the Arab World (2012); Sport in Islam and in Muslim Communities (2015, ed., with Alberto Testa); and Sport in the African World (2018, ed., with John Nauright).

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