Arab Americans

ISBN-10: 0313332193

ISBN-13: 9780313332197

Edition: 2006

Authors: Randa A. Kayyali
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Description: Americans of Arab heritage have made major contributions to U.S. society, and this is a timely and unique overview of their immigration patterns, settlement, adaptation, and assimilation for a general audience. The first wave of Arab immigrants, mostly Christian men from Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria, arrived in the United States between 1880 and 1925. This book discusses their history plus looks at the successive waves of immigrants, including the post-1965 immigrants, who have brought more diversity to the Arab American community. The latest immigrants have included more Muslims and many are from Egypt, Iraq, and Jordan. The continuing interest in the Middle East, Islam, and Muslim way of life make this a must-have source to help understand current events and our multicultural society. The book begins by giving a broad political and social history of the Arab world since the advent of Islam in 632 CE. Kayyali also takes care to be inclusive of the different groups who can be classified as "Arab," and the discussion of who these people are, with their different religions and beliefs, is an enlightening base to understand their experiences as Arab Americans. Early immigrants typically became peddlers or worked in the new factories and mills. As they gave up thoughts of returning to their home countries, they fought to be classified as "white" to gain citizenship, and the impact of the Census on their struggle is discussed in detail. Their assimilation and adaptations are discussed, and readers will learn about family issues, women's issues, food, media, and religious practices in the Arab American communities. Within the larger Arab American community, the main issues of pan-Arab identification, Christian and Muslim identities, and generational differences are covered, along with their social networks and celebrations. A final chapter focuses on the impact of Arab Americans on U.S. society, from the arts to politics, with insight into intergroup relations and the impact of 9/11. A sampling of noted Arab Americans, such as Ralph Nader, a glossary, statistical tables, and photos are included as well.

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List price: $52.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 12/30/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 216
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

RANDA A. KAYYALI is a Ph.D. candidate at Georgetown University and has written on Arab American issues.

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Abbreviations
The Arab World: The Geography, History, People, and Cultures
The Language and the Lands
Short History of the Arabs
Cultures
Islam
Minorities
Coming to the United States
U.S. Immigration Laws
Causes and Characteristics of Immigration
Settlement Patterns
Race and Ethnic Classifications
At Ports of Entry
Social Constructs of Race before 1965
As Minorities
In the Census
Identity
Cultural Adaptation
Family Issues
Women's Issues
Language
Food
Arab American Media and Communications
Religion
Identities within the Community
Demographics
Work and Economic Profiles
Intragroup Divisions and Issues
Social Clubs and Networks
Holidays and Celebrations
Impact on U.S. Society
Music, Festivals, and Dance
Literature
Visual Arts
Theater, Storytelling, and Documentaries
The Arab American National Museum and Other Collections
Political Activism and Organizations
Academia
Integroup Relations
The Impact of September 11 on Arab Americans
The Future
Appendices
Census Statistics of Arab Americans, 1970-2000
Noted Arab Americans
Immigrants Admitted by Region and Country of Birth: Fiscal Years 1989-2004
Glossary
Selected Bibliography
Index
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