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Arabs in America: Building a New Future

Arabs in America: Building a New Future

By: Michael W. Suleiman (author)Paperback

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For many North Americans, Arab Americans are invisible, recalled only when words like \u0022terrorism\u0022 or \u0022anti-American sentiments\u0022 arise. However, people of Arab descent have been contributing to U. S. an d Canadian culture since the 1870s in fields as diverse as literature, science, politics, medicine, and commerce -- witness surgeon Michael DeBakey, former Oregon governor Victor Atiyeh, consumer advocate Ralph Nader, and Canadian M.P. Mac Harb. Yet while Arab American contributions to our society are significant and Arab Americans surpass the U.S. average in both education and economics, they still struggle for recognition and acceptance. In this volume, editor Michael Suleiman brings together 21 prominent scholars from a wide range of perspectives -- including anthropology, economics, history, law, literature and culture, political science, and sociology -- to take a close look at the status of Arabs in North America. Topics range from the career of Arab American singer, dancer, and storyteller Wadeeha Atiyeh to a historical examination of Arab Americans and Zionism. The contributors discuss in Detroit, a group of well-educated Jordanian men, and the Shi'a Muslims -- to illustrate the range of Arab emigre experience. More broadly, they examine Arab American identity, political activism, and attempts by Arab immigrants to achieve respect and recognition in their new homes. They address both the present situation for Arab Americans and prospects for their future. Arabs in America will engage anyone interested in Arab American studies, ethnic studies, and American studies.

About Author

Michael W. Suleiman is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science at Kansas State University. He has written and coedited numerous works in the field of Arab American studies, including U.S. Policy on Palestine from Wilsonto Clinton and Arab Americans: Continuity and Change. CHANGE: Baha Abu-Laban, SharonMcIrvin Abu-Laban, Kristine Ajrouch, Fatima Agha Al-Hayani, Richard T. Antoun, Barbara C. Aswad, Louise Cainkar, Lawrence Davidson, Rosina Hassoun, Ibrahim Hayani, Suad Joseph, Lisa Suhair Majaj, Mohmed Mattar, Kathleen M. Moore, Lori Anne Salem, Therese Saliba, Helen Hatab Samhan, May Seikaly, Janice J. Terry, Linda S. Walbridge, and the editor


CONTENTSPrefaceIntroduction: The Arab Immigrant Experience Michael W. SuleimanPart I: Profiles of Specific Communities1. Attachment and Identity: The Palestinian Community of DetroitMay Seikaly2. Jordanian Migrants in Texas and Ohio: The Quest for Education and Work in a Global SocietyRichard T. Antoun3. A Look at Differing Ideologies Among Shi'a Muslims in the United StatesLinda S. WalbridgePart II: Arabs and the American Legal System4. Arabs and the American Legal System: Cultural and Political RamificationsFatima Agha Al-Hayani5. A Closer Look at Anti-Terrorism Law: American-Arab Discrimination Committee v. Reno and the Construction of Aliens' RightsKathleen M. Moore6. Legal Perspectives on Arabs and Muslims in U.S. CourtsMohamed MattarPart III: Youth and the Family7. Teens-Between: The Public and Private Spheres of Arab-Canadian AdolescentsSharon McIrvin Abu-Laban and Baha Abu-Laban8. Family and Ethnic Identity in an Arab-American CommunityKristine Ajrouch9. Arab-Canadian Youth in Immigrant Family LifeBaha Abu-Laban and Sharon McIrvin Abu-LabanPart IV: Health and Welfare Issues10. Arab-American Health and the Process of Coming to America: Lessons from the Metropolitan Detroit AreaRosina Hassoun11. Attitudes of Arab Immigrants Toward WelfareBarbara C. Swad12. The Deteriorating Ethnic Safety Net Among Arab Immigrants in ChicagoLouise CainkarPart V: Political Activism13. Not Quite White: Race Classification and the Arab-American ExperienceHelen Hatab Samhan14. Debating Palestine: Arab-American Challenges to Zionism, 1917-1932Lawrence Davidson15. Community and Political Activism Among Arab Americans in DetroitJanice J. TerryPart VI: Arab-American Identity Negotiations16. Against the Grain of the Nation -- The Arab-Suad Joseph17. Far-Off and Fascinating Things: Wadeeha Atiyeh and Images of Arabs in the American Popular Theater, 1930-1950Lori Anne Salem18. Arabs in Canada: Assimilation or Integration? Ibrahim Hayani19. Resisting Invisibility: Arab Americans in Academia and ActivismTherese Saliba20. Arab-American Ethnicity: Location, Coalitions, and Cultural NegotiationsLisa Suhair MajajAbout the ContributorsIndex

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  • ISBN13: 9781566397278
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 227
  • ID: 9781566397278
  • ISBN10: 1566397278

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