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Silent Victims: The Plight of Arab & Muslim Americans in Post 9/11 America
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He writes in the Preface to this 2004 book, "More than two years have passed marking the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation, yet we are still recuperating from the shock that this sad and tragic event has caused us, as a society. The American people are still trying to make sense out of what happened... Very few books have tried to answer the questions of: Who are the Arabs? Who are the Muslims? Who are the Arab Americans? The Stereotypes around Arabs, how did they evolve? ... no books that deal with the plight of Arab and Muslim Americans after 9/11 have been published yet. (This book) answers the many questions that a great number of people are trying to find answers for."
Here are some quotations from the book:
"(T)here are 3.5 million Arab-Americans in the United States ... Although there are 7 million Muslims in the United States, all Arab-Americans are not Muslim. Indeed, many are Catholic, Orthodox and Protestants who can trace a continuous line of Christian faith back to the first converts in the Church." (Pg. 59)
"The passage of the USA Patriot Act shortly after 9/11 provoked further protests from civil liberties groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union... One of the first measures of concern was the Justice Department's authorization of the detention of over 1100 immigrants (while the vast majority of these were persons of Arabic descent, some were Jews)... The detentions raised widespread media and congressional concern.Read more ›
required reading at schools and colleges in history, social studies and political science classes.
It has inspiring stories of many Arab and Muslim Americans that we need to know about.
It also does analyses where hatred come from and how we can deal with.
With detailed reports and documents the author does a great job of documenting what happened after 9/11 that affected many communities in the USA and worldwide.
Elaasar is a very enjoyable writer to read. A great story teller. I also enjoyed reading his other book THE LAST PHARAOH which was very revealing.
The author is obviously a committed advocate of tolerance, coexistence, human rights and presents a very human approach that's healing.
In this wonderful book, SILENT VICTIMS, the reader will learn about the phenomenon of stereotyping and scapegoating that has pervaded in our society.
Meanwhile, the public's interest to learn about Arabs and Muslims, in general, and Arab and Muslim Americans, in particular, has been unprecedented. The nation has been looking for means of self-healing and reconciliation.
To many Arab and Muslim Americans (about three million Arab-Americans and seven million Muslim-Americans), 9-11 also represented a turning point in how America is struggling to accept them as a community with a distinct religious identity. The wave of anti-Muslim hate crimes after 9-11 was the worst in the nation's history. Although it has tapered off since the early weeks of the crisis, anti-Muslim agitation in television and radio has contributed to unprecedented acts of hate crimes.
"Islam and Muslims became a matter of public discourse in America. Along with major media organizations, mainline Protestants and Catholics, as well as members from the Black, Latino, Asian and Jewish communities have favored a position that distinguishes between extremists and mainstream Muslims.This is really a must read for all Americans.
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