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The Arabs (Coming to America) Hardcover – November 5, 2004

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up–After a short introduction about Arab immigration, subsequent chapters discuss the various reasons Arabs chose to leave their home countries, the ways in which Arab Christians and Muslims adapted to American culture, and the types of discrimination and anti-Arab stereotyping faced by this group. The book concludes with short biographical essays about five famous Arab Americans: Kahlil Gibran, Naomi Shihab Nye, Edward Said, Tony Shalhoub, and Ralph Nader. The selections are clearly written and informative, and include primary-source material such as W. A. Mansur's 1928 article giving advice to Syrian-American youth and student Samar Ali's speech at Vanderbilt University on September 13, 2001. Many of the titles in the list of books for further research are rather academic and would not be readily available to middle or high school students. Useful for reports.–Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ

From Booklist

Gr. 8-11. Part of the Coming to America series, this collection comprises essays and articles from primary and secondary sources that are by and about a wide variety of Arab Americans. The stories are told in four sections. The first three explore why the immigrants left their troubled homelands, how they are adapting old ways to a new world, and their experiences as a marginalized minority. The final section presents profiles of four distinguished Arab Americans, including politician Ralph Nader and writer Naomi Shihab Nye. Details about Muslims, Christians, and secularists; the generation gap; the changing role of women; stereotyping; and much more combine with a general overview to present an excellent platform for discussion not only about the newcomers but also about the changing American mainstream. The series also includes titles on Irish, Mexican, and Chinese immigrants. Hazel Rochman
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