The state of Michigan hosts one of the largest and most diverse Arab American populations in the United States. As the third largest ethnic population in the state, Arab Americans are an economically important and politically influential group. It also reflects the diversity of national origins, religions, education levels, socioeconomic levels, and degrees of acculturation. Despite their considerable presence, Arab Americans have always been a misunderstood ethnic population in Michigan, even before September 11, 2001 imposed a cloud of suspicion, fear, and uncertainty over their ethnic enclaves and the larger community. In Arab Americans in Michigan Rosina J. Hassoun outlines the origins, culture, religions, and values of a people whose influence has often exceeded their visibility in the state.
About the Author
Rosina J. Hassoun is an anthropologist and a professor at Michigan State University, where she pioneered one of the first courses on Arab Americans in American Studies.
Table of Contents
|Introduction and Demographics||1|
|The Origins of Arab Americans in Michigan||17|
|Understanding General Patterns of Arab Settlement||21|
|Selected Histories by Geographic Areas||27|
|The History of Arab Immigration to Southeast Michigan||41|
|Special Topics Concerning Arab Americans in Michigan||51|
|Appendix 1||A Gift from the Hassoun Family to the People of Michigan||63|
|For Further Reference||75|