Arabs in America: Building a New Future (Google eBook)

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Michael Suleiman
Temple University Press, Jun 29, 2010 - Social Science - 360 pages
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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.

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Any book about Arabs in America without discussing the religious realities is not worth the paper it is written on. As a fairly widely accepted understanding of Islamic Jurisprudence from qualified scholars, it is against Sharia to emigrate to a non-Muslim land, excluding a few very narrow exceptions. Arabs coming to the West, many of which play the religious card and use non-profit Mosques as Marriage Fraud Centers, are the very worst representatives of the Islamic faith. In fact the process to accumulate funds to travel West and meet the immigration requirements, pretty much insures that not one good representative of Islam enters the US. US Citizenship requires moral integrity and just about any Arab coming to the States under the guise of being a better Muslim is nothing more than a con artist. It is interesting in the book (pg 39) that all but one of the Arabs discussed married American women. Women entering into these marriage fraud centers (Mosques) looking for information on Islam are immediately targeted and dividied up to the person making the biggest donation to the Imam that month. It is one thing for an Arab to come and acclimate themselves to America, it is quite another to come here as a con-Muslim. 

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Arabs and the American Legal System
Youth and the Family
Health and Welfare Issues
Political Activism
ArabAmerican Identity Negotiations
About the Contributors

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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 Wilson to Clinton and Arab Americans: Continuity and Change.

CONTRIBUTORS: Baha Abu-Laban, Sharon McIrvin 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, Mohamed 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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