Arab Detroit: From Margin to Mainstream / Edition 1

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814328125
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Great Lakes Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 630
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nabeel Abraham teaches anthropology at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan, where he also serves as director of the Honors Program. He is co-editor of Arabs in the New World: Studies on Arab-American Communities (Center for Urban Studies, Wayne State University, 1983).

Andrew Shryock is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author of Nationalism and the Genealogical Imagination: Oral History and Textual Authority in Tribal Jordan (University of California Press, 1997).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Contributors 11
On Margins and Mainstreams 15
Pt. 1 Qualities/Quantities
8 Houses from the Birthplace of Henry Ford 45
Building the Infrastructure of Arab American Identity in Detroit: A Short History of ACCESS and the Community It Serves 49
A Demographic Portrait of Arab Detroit 61
Pt. 2 Work
You Only Exist Inside Me 99
In the Tenth Year of War 101
Dumb like a Fox 103
Growing up in Detroit: An Immigrant Grocer's Daughter 107
Fandy 149
Behind the Bulletproof Glass: Iraqi Chaldean Store Ownership in Metropolitan Detroit 151
There I Am Again 179
On the Road with Bob: Peddling in the Early Sixties 181
Pt. 3 Religion
What They Did 203
The American Journey of a Chaldean from Iraq 205
Egyptian Copts in Detroit: Ethnic Community and Long-Distance Nationalism 219
Finding the Straight Path: A Conversation with Mohsen and Lila Amen about Faith, Life, and Family in Dearborn 241
Arab Detroit's "American" Mosque 279
Pt. 4 Politics
Aliya Hassan 317
Important Things to an Eight Year Old: For Haji Aliya Hassan 319
After Karbala: Iraqi Refugees in Detroit 321
Politics, Pragmatism, and the "Arab Vote": A Conversation with Maya Berry 343
Status: Refugee 373
Pt. 5 Life Journeys
Daughter of America 381
Coming Home 391
Becoming the Center of Mystery 401
To Palestine and Back: Quest for Place 425
Hope, Figs, and a Place Called Home 463
What's Not in a Name 471
Pt. 6 Ethnic Futures
The Art and Artistry of Arab Detroit: Changing Traditions in a New World 487
Continuity and Adaptation in Arab American Foodways 515
The Sound of Culture, The Structure of Tradition: Musicians' Work in Arab Detroit 551
Family Resemblances: Kinship and Community in Arab Detroit 573
Steps 611
Index 613
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