Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Detroit's large and nationally prominent Arab and Muslim communities have faced heightened prejudice, government surveillance, and political scapegoating, yet they have also enjoyed unexpected gains in economic, political, and cultural influence. Museums, festivals, and cultural events flourish alongside the construction of new mosques and churches, and more Arabs are being elected and appointed to public office. Detroit's Arab population is growing even as the city's non-Arab sectors, and the state of Michigan as a whole, have steadily lost population. In Arab Detroit 9/11: Life in the Terror Decade, a follow-up to their volume Arab Detroit: From Margin to Mainstream (Wayne State University Press, 2000), editors Nabeel Abraham, Sally Howell, and Andrew Shryock present accounts of how life in post-9/11 Detroit has changed over the last ten years.
About the Author
Nabeel Abraham is professor of anthropology and director of the Honors Program at Henry Ford Community College. He is also the editor of Arab Detroit: From Margin to Mainstream (Wayne State University Press, 2000).
Sally Howell is assistant professor of history and Arab American studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Her essays have appeared in Diaspora, Visual Anthropology, and Anthropological Quarterly. As a member of the Detroit Arab American Study Team, she is also co-author of Citizenship and Crisis: Arab Detroit after 9/11.
Andrew J. Shryock is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Nationalism and the Genealogical Imagination: Oral History and Textual Authority in Tribal Jordan and editor of several volumes, including Arab Detroit: From Margin to Mainstream (Wayne State University Press, 2000) and Islamophobia/Islamophilia: Beyond the Politics of Enemy and Friend.