Arabs in America: Building a New Future

Arabs in America: Building a New Future

By: Michael W. Suleiman (editor)Paperback

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For many North Americans, Arab-Americans are invisible, recalled only when words like 'terrorism' or 'anti-American sentiments' arise. However, people of Arab descent have been contributing to U.S. and Canadian culture since the 1870's 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 an assortment of different communities a Palestinian refugee community in Detroit, a group of well-educated Jordanian men, and the Shi'a Muslims in order to illustrate the range of Arab emigre experience. More broadly, they examine Arabs in the legal system, youth and family, health and welfare, as well as 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. Michael W. Suleiman is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science at Kansas State University. He has written and co-edited numerous works in the field of Arab American studies, including "U.S. Policy on Palestine from Wilson to Clinton" and "Arab Americans: Continuity and Change".

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Preface Introduction: The Arab American Immigrant Experience Michael W. Suleiman Part I: Profiles of Specific Communities 1. Attachment and Identity: The Palestinian Community of Detroit May Seikaly 2. Jordanian Migrants in Texas and Ohio: The Quest for Education and Work in A Global Society Richard T. Antoun 3. A Look at Differing Ideologies among Shi'a Muslims in the United States Linda S. Walbridge Part II: Arabs and the American Legal System 4. Arabs and the American Legal System: Cultural and Political Ramifications Fatima Agha Al-Hayani 5. A Closer Look at Anti-Terrorism Law: American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee v. Reno and the Construction of Aliens' Rights Kathleen M. Moore 6. Legal Perspectives on Arabs and Muslims in U.S. Courts Mohamed Mattar Part III: Youth and the Family 7. Teens-Between: The Public and Private Spheres of Arab-Canadian Adolescents Sharon McIrvin Abu-Laban and Baha Abu-Laban 8. Family and Ethnic Identity in an Arab-American Community Kristine Ajrouch 9. Arab-Canadian Youth in Immigrant Family Life Baha Abu-Laban and Sharon McIrvin Abu-Laban Part IV: Health and Welfare Issues 10. Arab-American Health and the Process of Coming to America: Lessons from the Metropolitan Detroit Area Rosina Hassoun 11. Attitudes of Arab Immigrants Toward Welfare Barbara S. Aswad 12. The Deteriorating Ethnic Safety Net Among Arab Immigrants in Chicago Louise Cainkar Part V: Political Activism 13. Not Quite White: Race Classification and the Arab-American Experience Helen Hatab Samhan 14. Debating Palestine: Arab-American Challenges to Zionism, 1917-1932 Lawrence Davidson 15. Community and Political Activism Among Arab Americans in Detroit Janice J. Terry Part VI: Arab-American Identity Negotiations 16. Against the Grain of the Nation The Arab Suad Joseph 17. Far-Off and Fascinating Things: Wadeeha Atiyeh and Images of Arabs in the American Popular Theater, 1930 - 1950 Lori Anne Salem 18. Arabs in Canada: Assimilation or Integration? Ibrahim Hayani 19. Resisting Invisibility: Arab-Americans in Academia and Activism Therese Saliba 20. Arab-American Ethnicity: Location, Coalitions, and Cultural Negotiations Lisa Suhair Majaj About the Contributors Index

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  • publication date: 17/11/1999
  • ISBN13: 9781566397278
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 360
  • ID: 9781566397278
  • weight: 757
  • ISBN10: 1566397278

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