"An excellent reader in the sense that it addresses the eminent issues in the field of Arab American studies, including but not limited to, its absence in academia, the complex histories of Arabs in the United States, the stereotypes of Arabs and Middle Eastern individuals in the US, the excessive scrutinizing of Arab Americans after 9/11."—Dalia Gomaa, author of The Non-national in Contemporary American Literature: Ethnic Women Writers and Problematic Belongings
"Gathers the most groundbreaking work about Arab Americans, comprehensively interweaving issues of structural racism, diasporic and transnational politics of gender and sexuality with discussions of demography, the post-9/11 surveillance state, and American Islamophobia."—Stephen Sheehi, professor of Arabic studies, William & Mary
Both a summative description of the field and an exploration of new directions, this multidisciplinary reader addresses issues central to the fields of Arab American, US Muslim, and Southwest Asian and North African (SWANA) American studies. Taking a broad conception of the Americas, this collection simultaneously registers and critically reflects upon major themes in the field, including diaspora, migration, empire, race and racialization, securitization, and global South solidarity. The collection will be essential reading for scholars in Arab/SWANA American studies, Asian American studies, and race, ethnicity, and indigenous studies, now and well into the future.
Evelyn Alsultany, Carol W. N. Fadda, Akram Khater, Nadine Naber, Therí Pickens, Steven Salaita, Ella Shohat and Sarah Gualtieri.
Louise Cainkar is associate professor of sociology and social welfare and justice at Marquette University. She is the author of Homeland Insecurity: The Arab American and Muslim American Experience after 9/11.
Pauline Homsi Vinson is an adjunct professor in the English division at Diablo Valley College and cofounder of the Arab American Studies Association.
Amira Jarmakani is professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at San Diego State University and author of both An Imperialist Love Story: Desert Romances and the War on Terror and Imagining Arab Womanhood: The Cultural Mythology of Veils, Harems, and Belly Dancers in the U.S.
Series: Critical Arab American Studies
8.5 x 11, 496 pages, 6 black and white illustrations