Race and Arab Americans Before and After 9/11 : From Invisible Citizens to Visible Subjects

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  • Copyright: 2007-11-30
  • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr
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Bringing the rich terrain of Arab American histories to bear on conceptualizations of race in the U.S., this groundbreaking volume fills a critical gap in the field of U.S. racial and ethnic studies. The articles collected here highlight emergent discourses on the distinct ways that race matters to the study of Arab American histories and experiences and asks essential questions. What is the relationship between U.S. imperialism in Arab homelands and anti-Arab racism in the U.S.? In what ways have the axes of nation, religion, class, and gender intersected with Arab American racial formations? What is the significance of whiteness studies to Arab American studies? Transcending multiculturalist discourses that have simply "added on" the category "Arab American" to the landscape of U.S. racial and ethnic studies after the attacks of September 11, 2001, this volume locates September 11 as a turning point, rather than a beginning, in Arab Americans' diverse engagements with "race." Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Figures and Tablesp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Contributorsp. xi
Introduction: Arab Americans and U.S. Racial Formationsp. 1
Thinking Outside the Box: Arabs and Race in the United Statesp. 46
The Moral Analogies of Race: Arab American Identity, Color Politics, and the Limits of Racialized Citizenshipp. 81
Civil Liberties and the Otherization of Arab and Muslim Americansp. 114
"Whiteness" and the Arab Immigrant Experiencep. 131
Strange Fruit?: Syrian Immigrants, Extralegal Violence, and Racial Formation in the United Statesp. 147
Grandmothers, Grape Leaves, and Kahlil Gibran: Writing Race in Anthologies of Arab American Literaturep. 170
The Prime-Time Plight of the Arab Muslim American after 9/11: Configurations of Race and Nation in TV Dramasp. 204
Arab Americans and Muslim Americans in the New York Times, Before and After 9/11p. 229
"Look, Mohammed the Terrorist Is Coming!": Cultural Racism, Nation-Based Racism, and the Intersectionality of Oppressions after 9/11p. 276
Discrimination and Identity Formation in a Post-9/11 Era: A Comparison of Muslim and Christian Arab Americansp. 305
Conclusion: Arab American Racializationp. 318
Works Citedp. 327
Indexp. 357
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