The term “Arab American” is often used to describe a broad range of people who are ethnically diverse and come from many countries, including Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait. Some Arab Americans have been in the United States since the 1880s. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 did serve to highlight the necessity for Americans to better understand the discrete nations and ethnicities of the Middle East.
This title documents the key aspects of contemporary Arab American life, including their many contributions to American society. It begins with an overview of the immigrant experience, but focuses primarily on the past decade, examining the political, family, religious, educational, professional, public, and artistic aspects of the Arab American experience. Readers will understand how this unique experience is impacted by political events both here in America and in the Arab world.
- Incorporates contributions from seven scholars and community activists who have extensive experience in the Arab American community
- Traces key events in Arab American history, beginning with the landing of the first Arab immigrant in 1528 through recent appointments of Arab Americans to the Obama Administration
- Includes artwork and illustrations by prominent Arab American artists
- Contains a map of the Arab world as well as charts, graphs, and tables measuring the economic and political involvement of Arab Americans
- A rich glossary provides a resource of Arabic words to help readers understand Arab traditions still present in Arab American life as well as sociological terms and key political events relevant to recent Arab American history