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Arab Detroit
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Metropolitan Detroit is home to one of the largest, most diverse Arab communities outside the Middle East, yet the complex world Arabic-speaking immigrants have created there is barely visible on the landscape of ethnic America. In this volume, Nabeel Abraham and Andrew Shryock bring together the work of twenty-five contributors to create a richly detailed portrait of Arab Detroit. The book goes behind the bulletproof glass in Iraqi Chaldean liquor stores. It explores the role of women in a Sunni mosque and the place of nationalist politics in a Coptic church. It follows the careers of wedding singers, Arabic calligraphers,restaurant owners, and pastry chefs. It examines the agendas of Shia Muslim activists and Washington-based lobbyists and looks at the intimate politics of marriage, family honor, and adolescent rebellion. Memoirs and poems by Lebanese, Chaldean, Yemeni, and Palestinian writers anchor the book in personal experience, while over fifty photographs provide a backdrop of vivid, often unexpected, images. In their efforts to represent an ethnic/immigrant community that is flourishing on the margins of pluralist discourse, the contributors to this book break new ground in the study of identity politics, transnationalism, and diaspora cultures.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Title
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 7-10
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 11-12
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  1. On Margins and Mainstreams
  2. pp. 15-36
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  1. PART 1 QUALITIES/QUANTITIES
  2. pp. 37-40
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 39-44
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  1. 8 Houses from the Birthplace of Henry Ford
  2. pp. 45-48
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  1. Building the Infrastructure of Arab American Identity in Detroit A Short History of ACCESS and the Community It Serve
  2. pp. 49-60
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  1. A Demographic Portrait of Arab Detroit
  2. pp. 61-92
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  1. PART 2 WORK
  2. pp. 93-96
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 95-98
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  1. You Only Exist Inside Me
  2. pp. 99-100
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  1. In the Tenth Year of War
  2. pp. 101-102
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  1. Dumb like a Fox
  2. pp. 103-106
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  1. Growing up in Detroit An Immigrant Grocer's Daughter
  2. pp. 107-148
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  1. Fandy
  2. pp. 149-150
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  1. Behind the Bulletproof Glass Iraqi Chaldean Store Ownership in Metropolitan Detroit
  2. pp. 151-178
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  1. There I Am Again
  2. pp. 179-180
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  1. On the Road with Bob Peddling in the Early Sixties
  2. pp. 181-196
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  1. PART 3 RELIGION
  2. pp. 197-198
  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 199-202
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  1. What They Did
  2. pp. 203-204
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  1. The American Journey of a Chaldean from Iraq
  2. pp. 205-218
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  1. Egyptian Copts in Detroit Ethnic Community and Long-Distance Nationalism
  2. pp. 219-240
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  1. Finding the Straight Path A Conversation with Mohsen and Lila Amen about Faith, Life, and Family in Dearborn
  2. pp. 241-278
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  1. Arab Detroit's "American" Mosque
  2. pp. 279-310
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  1. PART 4 POLITICS
  2. pp. 311-314
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 313-316
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  1. Aliya Hassan
  2. pp. 317-318
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  1. Important Things to an Eight Year Old
  2. pp. 319-320
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  1. After Karbala Iraqi Refugees in Detroit
  2. pp. 321-342
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  1. Politics, Pragmatism, and the "Arab Vote" A Conversation with May
  2. pp. 343-374
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  1. Status Refugee
  2. pp. 373-374
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  1. PART 5 LIFE JOURNEYS
  2. pp. 375-378
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 377-380
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  1. Daughter of America
  2. pp. 381-390
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  1. Coming Home
  2. pp. 391-400
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  1. Becoming the Center of Mystery
  2. pp. 403-425
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  1. To Palestine and Back Quest for Place
  2. pp. 425-462
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  1. Hope, Figs, and a Place Called Home
  2. pp. 463-470
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  1. What's Not in a Name
  2. pp. 471-480
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  1. PART 6 ETHNIC FUTURES
  2. pp. 481-484
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 483-486
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  1. The Art and Artistry of Arab Detroit Changing Traditions in a New World
  2. pp. 487-514
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  1. Continuity and Adaptation in Arab American Foodways
  2. pp. 515-550
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  1. The Sound of Culture, The Structure of Tradition Musicians' Work in Arab Detroit
  2. pp. 551-572
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  1. Family Resemblances Kinship and Community in Arab Detroit
  2. pp. 573-610
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  1. Steps
  2. pp. 611-612
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 613-629
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