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The Arab-American Experience in the United States and Canada:
A Classified Annotated Bibliography
By Michael W. Suleiman
April 2006, ISBN 0-87650-395-4
618p, 8 1/2 x 11, hardcover
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This bibliography is the first comprehensive attempt to identify, organize, evaluate and describe the extensive literature on the Arab community in the United States and Canada – which is referred to in this volume as the Arab-American community, unless one part is specified. The Arab community covered is defined as the immigrants to the U.S. and Canada from the Arabic-speaking countries of the Middle East and their descendants. The Arabic-speaking countries today include the following: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, pre-1948 Palestine and the Palestinians, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Somalia (1974), Djibouti (1977) and Comoros (1993), though not fully Arabic-speaking, became members of the League of Arab States in the years indicated.
The Arab-American community is little known or understood. Furthermore, with the arrival of new immigrants, the composition of this community, whether in the United States or Canada, is constantly shifting in terms of religious affiliation, country of origin or socio-economic background.
The historical roots and evolution of the Arab-American community, and its relationship to American and Canadian society and culture, has been the basis of much scholarship and other writings.
This bibliography documents that literature, and provides a road-map to understanding and inclusion.
Michael W. Suleiman is a leading scholar on the Arab-American community. He has worked on this project for over 25 years – in recent years nearly fulltime. He received two major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright-Hays Program (to do research in Egypt on Arab sources about Arab Americans), and many smaller – nearly annual – grants to help with related research. Over the years, he has been helped by at least three dozen student assistants. Suleiman’s publications on Arab Americans include two edited volumes: Arab Americans: Continuity and Change (with Baha Abu-Laban); and Arabs in America: Building a New Future.
"…an extraordinarily comprehensive annotated bibliography on Arab Americans. It is by far the most complete resource on this topic…. Of exceptional value are the regional studies taken state by state The Arab-American Experience is a tribute to Suleiman’s scholarship, and provides a major service for scholars of Arab Americans, an especially relevant topic." -- Barbara C. Aswad, Past President, The Middle East Studies Association of North America
"Clearly written and richly documented, this superb volume is sure to find a wide audience in Middle Eastern and ethnic studies, international relations, political science, sociology, and education. …a splendid reference for research scholars interested in a topic that has currency in the media in both the United States and Canada. …extraordinary and formidable research...." -- Dr. Baha Abu-Laban, Co-Director, Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration, University of Alberta
"Suleiman’s much-awaited magnum opus, the result of decades of research, is … a treasure chest, which, unlocked, will reveal … a whole people far from home making a new home. For decades to come, scholars will troll the rich waters of Dr. Suleiman’s work and the neglected, if not repressed history of Arab Americans slowly but surely will come to light." -- Gregory Orfalea, author of The Arab Americans: A History