Arab American Identity


This digest reviews the resources available to provide Arab Americans with a supportive school environment and all students with an accurate and unbiased education on the Middle East.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is a civil rights organizaiton committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage.ADC, which is non-sectarian & non-partisan, is the largest Arab-American grassroots organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980 by former U.S. Senator James Abourezk and has chapters nationwide.

A collaborative web project sponsored by the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education. Includes extensive information and resources on the history, ethnicity, arts and literature, language - and more - of the Arab world as well as on Arab Americans.

Books, Book Chapters, and Journal Articles

  • Renard, J. (2002). 101 Questions and Answers on Islam. New York: Gramercy.

    This informative, clear, and accessible guide offers information and knowledge about the Islamic religion. Organized in a question and answer format, this book gives the reader a better understanding of Islam through education. Where and when did Islam come into being? What sort of book is the Koran? What basic views do Muslims hold on human rights? (from

  • Telhami, S. (2002) The Stakes: America in the Middle East: The consequences of power and the choice for peace.Cambridge, MA: Westview Press.

    In The Stakes, Shibley Telhami, one of America's most in-demand commentators on the MIddle East, provides a concise and penetrating analysis that explains Arab abd Muslim attitudes towards the United States and shows why there is much reasonf or concern. IN an insightful, passionate, yet balanced analysis, Telhami shows why the Arab-Israeli conflict remains central to the war on terrorism and to international stability, and considers the consequences of a post-war Iraq: its effect on Middle Eastern politics and American foreign policy, the recovery of the region, and its future with the rest of the world.

  • Said, E. (1999) Out of Place. New York: Random House Inc.

    Out of Place tells the story of Said's upbringing in Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon and the United States, and the saga of his family's experiences, most significantly in the 1947-48 period. Said's book is not only a superb memoir and a fascinating personal and family portrait, it is also an invaluable contribution to the narrative of the Palestinian experience and the development of an Arab-American consciousness