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Arab Detroit 9/11 : life in the terror decade /
edited by Nabeel Abraham, Sally Howell, and Andrew Shryock.
Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2011.
vii, 413 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0814335004 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780814335000 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Detroit : Wayne State University Press, c2011.
0814335004 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780814335000 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Arab Detroit after 9/11: a changing demographic portrait / Kim Schopmeyer -- Cracking down on diaspora: Arab Detroit and America's war on terror / Sally Howell and Andrew Shryock -- Backlash, part 2: The Federal law enforcement agenda / Sally Howell and Amaney Jamal -- Orthodox, Arab, American: the flexibility of Christian Arabness in Detroit / Matthew W. Stiffler -- Fighting our own battles: Iraqi Chaldeans and the war on terror / Yasmeen Hanoosh -- Muslims as moving targets: external scrutiny and internal critique in Detroit's mosques / Sally Howell -- Detroit transnational: the interchange experience in Lebanon and the United States / Kristine J. Ajrouch -- My life as a brown person / Mujan Seif -- Subject to change / Khadigah Alasry -- Going places / Hayan Charara -- And then you add the Arab thing / Lawrence Joseph -- Domestic foreign policy: Arab Detroit as a special place in the war on terror / William Youmans -- The Arab American National Museum: sanctioning Arabness for a post-9/11 America / Rachel Yezbick -- Toward electability: public office and the Arab vote / Abdulkader H. Sinno and Eren Tatari -- Arabs behaving badly: the limits of containment in a post-9/11 world / Nabeel Abraham -- The new order and its forgotten histories / Andrew Shryock, Nabeel Abraham, and Sally Howell.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Nabel Abraham is professor of anthropology and director of the Honors Program at Henry Ford Community College. He is also the editor of Arab Detrot: From Maigin to Mainstream (Wayne State University Press, 2000). Sally Howell is assistant professor of history and Arab American studies at the University of Michigan Dearborn. Her essays have appeared in Diaspora, Visual Anthropology, and Anthropological Quarterly. As a member of the Detroit Arab American Study Team, she is also co-author of Citizenship and Crisis: Arab Detroit after 9/11. Andrew J. Shryock is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Nationalism and the Genealogical Imagination. Oral History and Textual Authority in Tribal Jordan and editor of several volumes, including Arab Detroit: From Margin to Mainstream (Nayne State University Press, 2000) and Islamophobia/islamophilia: Beyond the Politics of Enemy and Friend.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-02-01:
This incredible text is an update published ten years after the first report, Arab Detroit (CH, Feb'01, 38-3592). It charts at once a completely different metropolitan area and also examines the preparedness of a community for a decade of terror. While many Americans think of the last decade as terror visited on the US from outside, Arabs and Muslims in metropolitan Detroit experienced a decade of terror from within the US. Prior to WW II, members of these Arabic-speaking communities were referred to as Syrians, Turks, Lebanese, and Mohammedans. After WW II and the creation of the state of Israel, they were grouped together and evolved into Arab Americans and Muslims. After 2001, they all became Muslim and potential terrorists, despite their largely Christian heritage. The vast networks of US security terrorism and counterterrorism forces set up one of their central headquarters in Detroit. The absence of data prevented researchers from providing numbers of the detained and deported, so the contributors used information gleaned from the research of other scholars. The writing is clear and compelling. In chapters on the history of the community in Detroit featuring interviews with residents, demographics, and reflections by Christians and Muslims, the editors have assembled an outstanding, must-read volume. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. A. B. McCloud DePaul University
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Main Description
Contributors explore the trauma, unexpected political gains, and moral ambiguities faced by Arab Detroiters in post-9/11 America.
Main Description
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Detroit's large and nationally prominent Arab and Muslim communities have faced heightened prejudice, government surveillance, and political scapegoating, yet they have also enjoyed unexpected gains in economic, political, and cultural influence. Museums, festivals, and cultural events flourish alongside the construction of new mosques and churches, and more Arabs are being elected and appointed to public office. Detroit's Arab population is growing even as the city's non-Arab sectors, and the state of Michigan as a whole, have steadily lost population. In Arab Detroit 9/11: Life in the Terror Decade, a follow-up to their volume Arab Detroit: From Margin to Mainstream (Wayne State University Press, 2000), editors Nabeel Abraham, Sally Howell, and Andrew Shryock present accounts of how life in post-9/11 Detroit has changed over the last ten years. Abraham, Howell, and Shryock have assembled a diverse group of contributors whose essays range from the scholarly to the artistic and include voices that are Palestinian, Iraqi, Yemeni, and Lebanese; Muslim and Christian; American born and immigrant. The book is divided into six sections and begins with wide-angle views of Arab Detroit, looking first at how the community fits within greater Detroit as a whole, then presenting closer portraits of Arab Detroit's key ethnonational and religious subgroups. More personal, everyday accounts of life in the Terror Decade follow as focus shifts to practical matters such as family life, neighborhood interactions, going to school, traveling domestically, and visiting home countries. Finally, contributors consider the interface between Arab Detroit and the larger society, how this relationship is maintained, how the War on Terror has distorted it, and what lessons might be drawn about citizenship, inclusion, and exclusion by situating Arab Detroit in broader and deeper historical contexts. In Detroit, new realities of political marginalization and empowerment are evolving side by side. As they explore the complex demands of life in the Terror Decade, the contributors to this volume create vivid portraits of a community that has fought back successfully against attempts to deny its national identity and diminish its civil rights. Readers interested in Arab studies, Detroit culture and history, transnational politics, and the changing dynamics of race and ethnicity in America will enjoy the personal reflection and analytical insight of Arab Detroit 9/11.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
The Terror Decade in Arab Detroit: An Introductionp. 1
The Shape of Arab Detroit
Arab Detroit after 9/11:A Changing Demographic Portraitp. 29
Aftermath Chronicles
Cracking Down on Diaspora: Arab Detroit and America's War on Terrorp. 67
Backlash, Part 2: The Federal Law Enforcement Agendap. 87
Local Refractions
Orthodox, Arab, American: The Flexibility of Christian Arabness in Detroitp. 105
Fighting Our Own Battles: Iraqi Chaldeans and the War on Terrorp. 126
Muslims as Moving Targets: External Scrutiny and Internal Critique in Detroit's Mosquesp. 151
Detroit Transnational: The Interchange Experience in Lebanon and the United Statesp. 286
Civilian Stories
My Life as a Brown Personp. 213
Subject to Changep. 222
Going Placesp. 239
And Then You Add the Arab Thingp. 254
Protective Shield and Glass Ceiling
Domestic Foreign Policy: Arab Detroit as a Special Place in theWar on Terrorp. 269
The Arab American National Museum: Sanctioning Arabness for a Post-9/11 Americap. 287
Toward Electability; Public Office and the Arab Votep. 315
Arabs Behaving Badly: The Limits of Containment in a Post 9/11 Worldp. 347
Hard Lessons
The New Order and Its Forgotten Historiesp. 381
Contributorsp. 395
Indexp. 399
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