Arab Detroit: From Margin to Mainstream / Edition 1

Arab Detroit: From Margin to Mainstream / Edition 1

by Alixa Naff, Wayne State University Press
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814328121

ISBN-13: 9780814328125

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

Metropolitan Detroit is home to one of the largest, most diverse Arab communities outside the Middle East, yet the complex world Arabic-speaking immigrants have created there is barely visible on the landscape of ethnic America. In this volume, Nabeel Abraham and Andrew Shryock bring together the work of twenty-five contributors to create a richly detailed portrait of…  See more details below

Overview

Metropolitan Detroit is home to one of the largest, most diverse Arab communities outside the Middle East, yet the complex world Arabic-speaking immigrants have created there is barely visible on the landscape of ethnic America. In this volume, Nabeel Abraham and Andrew Shryock bring together the work of twenty-five contributors to create a richly detailed portrait of Arab Detroit. Memoirs and poems by Lebanese, Chaldean, Yemeni, and Palestinian writers anchor the book in personal experience, while over fifty photographs provide a backdrop of vivid, often unexpected, images. Panoramic and highly nuanced, "Arab Detroit" shows the extent to which popular notions of tolerance and inclusion have not been applied to Arabs in Detroit and charts the alternative routes by which Arabs enter and influence the American mainstream.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814328125
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Series:
Great Lakes Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
630
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments9
Contributors11
On Margins and Mainstreams15
Pt. 1Qualities/Quantities
8 Houses from the Birthplace of Henry Ford45
Building the Infrastructure of Arab American Identity in Detroit: A Short History of ACCESS and the Community It Serves49
A Demographic Portrait of Arab Detroit61
Pt. 2Work
You Only Exist Inside Me99
In the Tenth Year of War101
Dumb like a Fox103
Growing up in Detroit: An Immigrant Grocer's Daughter107
Fandy149
Behind the Bulletproof Glass: Iraqi Chaldean Store Ownership in Metropolitan Detroit151
There I Am Again179
On the Road with Bob: Peddling in the Early Sixties181
Pt. 3Religion
What They Did203
The American Journey of a Chaldean from Iraq205
Egyptian Copts in Detroit: Ethnic Community and Long-Distance Nationalism219
Finding the Straight Path: A Conversation with Mohsen and Lila Amen about Faith, Life, and Family in Dearborn241
Arab Detroit's "American" Mosque279
Pt. 4Politics
Aliya Hassan317
Important Things to an Eight Year Old: For Haji Aliya Hassan319
After Karbala: Iraqi Refugees in Detroit321
Politics, Pragmatism, and the "Arab Vote": A Conversation with Maya Berry343
Status: Refugee373
Pt. 5Life Journeys
Daughter of America381
Coming Home391
Becoming the Center of Mystery401
To Palestine and Back: Quest for Place425
Hope, Figs, and a Place Called Home463
What's Not in a Name471
Pt. 6Ethnic Futures
The Art and Artistry of Arab Detroit: Changing Traditions in a New World487
Continuity and Adaptation in Arab American Foodways515
The Sound of Culture, The Structure of Tradition: Musicians' Work in Arab Detroit551
Family Resemblances: Kinship and Community in Arab Detroit573
Steps611
Index613

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