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April is Arab American Heritage Month

by Heather Glasby on 2024-04-04T08:57:00-04:00 | 0 Comments

April is national Arab American heritage month!   Initially launched in 2017 as an initiative of the Arab America Foundation with just a handful of participating states, in 2021 President Joe Biden recognized the efforts the Arab America Foundation by official letter and in 2023 the White House released a proclamation recognizing Arab American heritage month and publicly celebrating the many contributions of the Arab American community. 

The modern Arab American community has cultural roots in 22 countries throughout Africa and southwest Asia and can claim practitioners of three major faiths: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.


Official letter dated April 19, 2021 from President Joe Biden to the Arab America Foundation recognizing Arab American Heritage Month.


The library has many resources available to help you explore the rich culture and contributions of the Arab American community such as:

Modern Arab American Fiction : A Reader's Guide by Steven Salaita

Arab and Arab American Feminisms : Gender, Violence, and Belonging by Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Asultany, and Nadine Naber

Arab-American Faces and Voices the Origins of an Immigrant Community by Elizabeth Boosahda

Contemporary Arab-American Literature : Transnational Reconfigurations of Citizenship and Belonging by Carol Fadda-Conrey

Arab Americans in Film : From Hollywood and Egyptian Stereotypes to Self-Representation by Waleed F. Mahdi

Sajjilu Arab American : A Reader in SWANA Studies by Louise Cainkar, Pauline Homsi Vinson, Amira Jarmakani

Arab American Women : Representation and Refusal by Michael W. Suleiman, Suad Joseph, Louise Cainkar

Arab American Novels Post-9/11 : Classical Storytelling Motifs Against Outsidership by Marie-Christin Sawires-Masseli.

Edinburgh Companion to the Arab Novel in English : The Politics of Anglo Arab and Arab American Literature and Culture by Nouri Gana

Dinarzad's Children : An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction by Pauline Kaldas and Khaled Mattawa

Etching Our Own Image : Voices from Within the Arab American Art Movement by Holly Arida and Anan Ameri

Inclined to Speak : An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry by Hayan Charara

The Other Settlers: Arabs in the American West  by Rana Dawn Razek   


Although the Arab American National Museum is located in Dearborn, Michigan, thankfully you can access virtual gallery tours from your mobile device without even leaving your dorm!

Check out their core galleries here: https://arabamericanmuseum.org/galleries/core-galleries/


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