Al' America: Travels through America's Arab and Islamic Roots

Al' America: Travels through America's Arab and Islamic Roots

by Jonathan Curiel


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595583529
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 11/11/2008
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 8.44(w) x 5.78(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Curiel is a journalist in San Francisco and the author of Al’ America: Travels Through America’s Arab and Islamic Roots (The New Press). As a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, he has had his journalism on Arabs and Muslims honored by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He has taught as a Fulbright scholar at Pakistan’s Punjab University and researched the history of Islamic architecture as a Thomason Reuters Foundation Research Fellow at England’s Oxford University. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Irony of 9/11 xi

Acknowledgments xix

1 The Seeds of Islam in America: From Columbus to the Alamo 1

2 Slavery and Islam: The Roots of American Blues Music 18

3 Emerson and Persian Poetry: The Transcendentalists Find Their Reflection in Southern Iran 37

4 P.T Barnum and the Taj Mahal: The Spread of Muslim Art from One Continent to Another 55

5 Language and Names: The Arabic Origins of "Giraffe" and "Coffee"-and What About "Mecca, U.S.A."? 67

6 Arabs and the Ice-Cream Cone: The Joy of Eating (and Drinking), from Damascus to St. Louis, Missouri 81

7 The Height of Orientalism: When U.S. Presidents Donned Fezzes and Said "Salaam Aleikum" 92

8 The Lasting Appeal of The Arabian Nights and the Bearded Mullah from Turkey 105

9 The Trippy Sounds of the '60s: How Dick Dale, The Doors, and Even Dylan Swayed to Arab Music 119

10 East Meets West in Memphis: Elvis and the Poet from Lebanon 131

11 Islam and the World Trade Center: Minoru Yamasaki Plants a Dream for Peace in New York 145

12 Fashion, Tattoos, and Arabic Calligraphy: The Nexus of Style, Design, and Angelina Jolie 159

13 Arabs and Muslims in the United States: Today and Tomorrow 172

Notes 195

Index 231

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