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Arabs in America: Building a New Future

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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.

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

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