Arabs in America: Building a New Future by Michael Suleiman

By Michael Suleiman

This quantity brings jointly 21 students from quite a few disciplines to take an in depth examine the prestige of Arabs in North the US. subject matters diversity from the occupation of Arab American singer, dancer and storyteller Wadeeha Atiyeh to a ancient exam of Arab americans and Zionism.

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I want to express my deep gratitude to all the authors in this volume. They have been most patient and responsive to requests for revision. The Association of Arab-American University Graduates (AAUG) deserves much credit for its 1996 conference on Arab Americans, which recognized the need for scholarly writings on the subject and inspired the development of this book. I am also grateful to the two anonymous readers of the manuscript. At Temple University Press, Doris Braendel, the Senior Acquisitions Editor, has been wonderful to work with, always providing quick and efficient responses to my many queries.

In 1980, in response to the continuing slanders and attacks against Arabs and Arab Americans, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) was established and quickly drew widespread support from the varied elements of the Arab community. In 1985, the Arab American Institute (AAI) was formed, primarily to encourage Arab Americans to become active in the American political arena. 50 Building a New Future To get a feel for how the Arab community has fared in America, it is useful to review some of the challenges and concerns that Arabs have faced in their new homeland and how they have coped with building a new future.

And Canadian policies and the American political process. While the AAUG sought mainly to inform and educate, it also performed other tasks, because no other organizations existed to perform them. Among the tasks to which the AAUG devoted some time and effort were political lobbying, attacks against defamation of and discrimination against Arabs and Arab Americans, and activism among Arab Americans to get them to participate in politics. These ancillary tasks were later championed and performed by newer organizations.

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