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This web site aims to bring to you a wide variety of resources on Arab Culture and Civilization, but much more is available. This bibliography includes a number of additional materials that you may wish to consult. Texts that have recently been annotated or added to this list are shown with a tan background. In addition, there are many other online resources that you can explore from our links list.

America in an Arab mirror: images of America in Arabic travel literature: an anthology, 1895-1995 / edited by Kamal Abdel-Malek. 1st ed. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000

The American media and the Arabs / edited by Michael C. Hudson and Ronald G. Wolfe; with contributions by James Baerg ... [et al.]. (CCAS studies in Arab-American relations. 1.) Washington, D. C.: Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, 1980

Arab Detroit: from margin to mainstream / edited by Nabeel Abraham and Andrew Shryock. (Great Lakes books) Detroit: Wayne State University Press, ©2000

Notes: A collection of commentary, analysis, memoirs, photos and poems concerning various groups within the Arab community in the greater Detroit area.

Arabs in America: building a new future / edited by Michael W. Suleiman. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1999

Notes: A comprehensive study of Arab-Americans and Arab immigrants to America. Contributors cover a range of topics such as identity, family, politics, health, and legal issues.

Arabs in the New World: studies on Arab-American communities / edited by Sameer Y. Abraham and Nabeel Abraham. Detroit, Mich.: Wayne State University, Center for Urban Studies, 1983

The development of Arab-American identity / edited by Ernest McCarus. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, ©1994

Split vision: the portrayal of Arabs in the American media / edited by Edmund Ghareeb. Rev. and expanded ed. Washington, D.C.: American-Arab Affairs Council, ©1983

Benson, Kathleen and Philip M. Kayal, eds.. A Community of Many Worlds. Arab Americans in New York City. Kathleen Benson and Philip M. Kayal, eds. New York: Museum of the City of New York and Syracuse University Press, 2002.

Notes: This book compiled from presentations at a conference held at the Museum of the City of New York in 2000, contains approximately 20 essays documenting multiple facets of the Arab American Community in New York since the 19th century. It is illustrated with nearly two dozen photographs and images.

Kashmeri, Zuhair. The gulf within: Canadian Arabs, racism, and the Gulf War / Zuhair Kashmeri. Toronto: J. Lorimer, 1991

Orfalea, Gregory. Arab Americans: A History. New York: Olive Branch Press, 2006.

Notes: This book, by a professor of creative from Pitzer College, is described by Publishers Weeky as tracing "the century-long arc of Arab immigration, illuminating assimilation and ethnic politics with a loving yet candid eye as the narrative shifts between observations historical, personal and statistical."

Shaheen, Jack G., 1935-. The TV Arab. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, ©1984

Shain, Yossi, 1956-. Arab-Americans in the 1990s: what next for the diaspora? / Yossi Shain. (Research report (Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research); no. 4.) Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University, Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, ©1996

Shakir, Evelyn, 1938-. Bint Arab: Arab and Arab American women in the United States / Evelyn Shakir. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1997

Notes: A history of Arab women in the US, informed largely by personal histories of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation Arab women living in America.

Suleiman, Michael W. The Arabs in the mind of America / [Michael W. Suleiman]. Brattleboro, Vt.: Amana Books, ©1988

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