There are about 3 million Arab Americans, and as a community, we’ve been demonstrating loyalty, inventiveness, and courage on behalf of the United States for over 100 years. Here are just a few of the famous and accomplished ones – people you may know! Source : Arab Americans : Making a Difference. By Casey Kaseem. Also available courtesy of the Arab American Institute.
Arab American Literature and Culture, American Studies Journal, No. 52, (2008)
Arabic is a language of rich heritage culture, history and an old civilization. It contributed widely to knowledge and advancement of science in the world. It is currently spoken by over 200 millions people, 500,000 of whom are around here in Michigan. It is also sacred to 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide. It is sometime presumed difficult to learn, but it is very rewarding in many aspects. It is part of the Semitic group. Please follow the links on the left for more information.
"Arab Americans trace their roots to 22 countries in Africa and Asia that share a common language and heritage. There are of many religions. The majority of Arab Americans are Christian -- Eastern Orthodox (e.g., Greek Catholic, Maronite, Coptic, Assyrian, and Chaldean), Roman Catholic and Protestant, but Muslims are the fastest growing segment of the community. The majority of Arab Americans are native-born Americans, and 82 percent are U.S. citizens" (Allied Media Corp., 2009).
The term Middle Eastern Americans refers to immigrants and their native-born descendants who trace their ancestry to the Middle East and North Africa. In other words, they come from the 22 countries that form the Arab League, and the non-Arab countries: Iran, Israel, and Turkey. Additionally, there are minority populations (both ethnic and religious) from these nation states who are also Middle Eastern Americans. These include Armenians, Assyrians, Baha’is, Chaldeans, Copts, Druze and Kurds. Middle Eastern Americans, overall, share visible physical characteristics, history in the region as well as in the U.S., religious traditions, including Mizrahi and Sephardic Judaism, Eastern Christianity, and Islam, along with a rich cultural heritage of common values, sensibilities in art, food, music, epic stories, etc. While the U.S. government does not recognize Middle Eastern Americans as an official minority group, we still need to acknowledge their presence because of their contributions to American society and economy – and, ironically, the relatively high level of discrimination they have endured in this country. For more information visit:
|Arab American organizations|
|» Al-Hewar Center : The Center for Arab Culture and Dialogue|
|» Arab American & Chaldean Council (ACC)|
|» Arab American Political Action Committee (AAPAC)|
|» American Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (ADC)|
|» Arab Community Center For Economic & Social Services (ACCESS)|
|» Arab American Institute (AAI)|
|» Arab American Chamber of Commerce - Michigan (AACC)|
|» Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) in Dearborn|
|» The Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP)|
|» Lebanese American Heritage Club Scholarship|
|» National Arab American Medical Association|
|» Arab American National Museum (AANM)|
|» Turkish American Society of Michigan|