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Arabs in America
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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. 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. p. xi
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  1. Introduction: The Arab Immigrant Experience
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. Part I: Profiles of Specific Communities
  2. p. 23
  1. 1. Attachment and Identity: The Palestinian Community of Detroit
  2. pp. 25-38
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  1. 2. Jordanian Migrants in Texas and Ohio: The Quest for Education and Work in a Global Society
  2. pp. 39-52
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  1. 3. A Look at Different Ideologies Among Shi'a Muslims in the United States
  2. pp. 53-65
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  1. Part II: Arabs and the American Legal System
  2. p. 67
  1. 4. Arabs and the American Legal System: Cultural and Political Ramifications
  2. pp. 69-83
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  1. 5. A Closer Look at Anti-Terrorism Law: American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee v. Reno and the Construction of Aliens' Rights
  2. pp. 84-99
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  1. 6. Legal Perspectives on Arabs and Muslims in U.S. Courts
  2. pp. 100-110
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  1. Part III: Youth and the Family
  2. p. 111
  1. 7. Teens Between: The Public and Private Spheres of Arab-Canadian Adolescents
  2. pp. 113-128
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  1. 8. Family and Ethnic Identity in an Arab-American Community
  2. pp. 129-139
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  1. 9. Arab-Canadian Youth in Immigrant Family Life
  2. pp. 140-153
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  1. Part IV: Health and Welfare Issues
  2. p. 155
  1. 10. Arab-American Health and the Process of Coming to America: Lessons from the Metropolitan Detroit Area
  2. pp. 157-176
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  1. 11. Attitudes of Arab Immigrants Toward Welfare
  2. pp. 177-191
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  1. 12. The Deteriorating Ethnic Safety Net Among Arab Immigrants in Chicago
  2. pp. 192-206
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  1. Part V: Political Activism
  2. p. 207
  1. 13. Not Quite White: Race Classification and the Arab-American Experience
  2. pp. 209-226
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  1. 14. Debating Palestine: Arab-American Challenges to Zionism 1917-1932
  2. pp. 227-240
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  1. 15. Community and Political Activism Among Arab Americans in Detroit
  2. pp. 241-254
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  1. Part VI: Arab-American Identity Negotiations
  2. p. 255
  1. 16. Against the Grain of the Nation--The Arab-
  2. pp. 257-271
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  1. 17. Far-Off and Fascinating Things: Wadeeha Atiyeh and Images of Arabs in the American Popular Theater, 1930-1950
  2. pp. 272-283
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  1. 18. Arabs in Canada: Assimilation or Integration?
  2. pp. 284-303
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  1. 19. Resisting Invisibility: Arab Americans in Academia and Activism
  2. pp. 304-319
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  1. 20. Arab-American Ethnicity: Locations, Coalitions, and Cultural Negotiations
  2. pp. 320-336
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 337-341
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 343-355
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