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Arab-American Culture At Large

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Rasheeda Jenkins

on 31 October 2012

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Arab American Arab American Arab American Where Does the Story Begin? "All-American"
Muslims Arab-American Culture Where Does it all Begin? Arab-American History Current Issues I am not a Terrorist! Arab-American Values Getting to the Heart of the Matter Family Marriage Community Arab-American Education Education in the Arab World Arab Economy Arab American Market Arab-American Healthcare Cultural Aspects What Makes This Culture Unique? Food Entertainment/Art Religion More Videos & Fun Facts Questions to ask an Arab-American! Works Cited Yes, Its Legit! http://www.allied-media.com/Arab-American/index.html Clothing Language Roles Flourishing Market
One of every five people on the planet is a Muslim.
Not all Muslims are Arabs; not all Arabs are Muslim.
Even though Arab-American are presumed to be Muslims, practicing the religion of Islam, most are actually Christians! (Many identify as Catholic or some other subgroup of Christianity) Did You Know? Pray five times a day
Pray to Allah (god) and believe Muhammad is the last prophet
Worship at a mosque
Fast during the holy time of Ramadan
Give to the poor
The importance of pilgrimage, or a trip to the holy city of Mecca Did You Know? Yes. It's Legit! Works Cited Rima Fakih, was first Arab American and Muslim to be crowned Miss USA 2010. Famous Arab-Americans Paula Abdul
Tony Shalhoub
Shannon Elizabeth http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/Arab+American+History.id.150.htm
http://www.omaha.com/assets/pdf/OW4746412.PDF Prejudice -During the Great Migration and after, claims were made that Arab immigrants were:
"un-American, had cultures that did not fit with American culture, were more likely to be criminal and poor, and did not understand the American political system"
-"Arab" has become almost synonymous with "Muslim", even when many Arab-Americans are actually Christian. Population -Estimates put U.S numbers at about 3 million.
-U.S. Census Bureau does not use an Arab American classification
-Arab-Americans do NOT identify uniformly
-Some identify as Middle Eastern, some do not
-an increasing number of people have more than one ethnicity. Four major population centers:
-Los Angeles County in California
-Wayne and Oakland counties in Michigan (Dearborn)
-Brooklyn, N.Y.
-Cook County, Ill.
Approximately one third of the population split between: California, Michigan and New York.
Another third in: Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. Life in U.S As early as the 15th century, Arabs were brought as slaves to the U.S by Spanish explorers
the Great Migration
-between 1880 and 1924
-estimated at more than twenty million Arab immigrants.
-some of these were family units, others were men looking to find work and then return home. Origin in U.S. Discrimination Media The show All-American Muslim gives an intimate look into the lives of Muslim Americans
-this does not encompass Christian Arab-Americans Portrayal of Arabs (these traits usually generalized to Arab Americans):
-Prior to 1930: members of the French Foreign Legion or royalty, Egyptians, and sheiks
-1961 to 1970: Arabs depicted as royalty, murderers, sheiks, slaves, and slave owners, and often featured with harems.
-1980s, 1990s: violence and barbarism added to typical portrayals Arabs and Arab Americans many times are painted with the same broad brush; including similar stereotypes and prejudices.
Mostly negative:
-"All arabs are terrorists" Stereotypes Derogatory terms:
sand-suckers Arab Americans on average are better educated than non-Arab Americans
The proportion of Arab Americans who attend college is higher than the national average.
Many earn a degrees beyond the bachelor’s degree. Education Over 89% of Arab Americans over the age of 25 have obtained at least a high school diploma
More than 45% have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 28% of Americans at large.
18% of Arab Americans have a post-graduate degree, which is nearly twice the American average
Of the population currently enrolled in school, 12% are in pre-school, 56% are in elementary or high school, 32% are enrolled in college or graduate school 60% of Arab American adults are in the labor force
73% are managerial, professional, sales or administrative fields.
12% are government employees.
5% is unemployed Economy Food is also an integral element of the cultural identity. Specific foods mark important cultural and religious events. Shared meals allow family to gather and socialize, and are always prepared in large quantities in case unexpected, but always welcome, guests drop by. shish kabobs
meat and chicken schwarma dishes
lamb chops
Pink riceFalafel
Biryani Popular Foods Did You Know? Some Arab men, including Arab-American men, may choose to wear a head covering called a keffiyeh. It shows pride in their culture. Its not religious and most Arab-American men do not wear it. Most Arab Americans wear modern American clothing. Sometimes we see people who are dressed in a traditional outfit. Some of those traditional outfits may have religious meaning while others are a show of culture pride. Muslim law has some special rules about dressing for women, but not all Arabs are Muslims and not all Arab women wear special clothes designed to cover their faces, bodies, and heads. Some main points in Islam Islam is a religion of peace and prayer. Muslims pray/worship in mosques the same way Christians do in churches or Jews in synagogues. Their holy book, like the Bible, is called the Koran or Quran. They look to this book to instruct them how to live and behave. Muslims believe that the Koran holds the exact words of God as told to the prophet Muhammad. Most Arab-Americans speak English in their homes, but some speak Arabic too. Fun Fact If you've ever said the word candy, your already speaking the Arabic language. Candy has an Arabic origin (qandi)
Its means "made of sugar" from Sanskrit "khanda" which means "sugar in pieces. What is the best way to engage with your culture?
How do you gain trust?
Two of the things your culture values most is religion and marriage. How does each play apart in your life?
Marriage: How do you find the "right one"? American-style dating is virtually non-existent among all but the most assimilated Arab Americans. Dating conflicts with strict cultural norms about female cleanliness, and it's relationship to the honor of the woman and her family. Arranged marriages are common among recent immigrants; and most have a strong preference to marry a partner with the same religious background, especially for women. In selecting a marriage partner, attention is paid to family standing, and reputation. As families assimilate they tend to form nuclear families. Among less assimilated families, adult children set up a household near their parents, and married siblings. Generally family is more important than the individual. Among Arab Americans the large extended family constituting a single household is found only among recent immigrants. Many Arab Americans prefer to live within an Arabia subculture that enables them to maintain their distinct ethnic culture. Customs generally center around socializing with family and friends, and a preference to reside close to relatives. As communities become assimilated, women tend to assume leadership roles in community organizations in the mosque or churches, http://www.everyculture.com/multi/A-Br/ArabAmericans.html Many ignore potential health concerns out of fear of shaming the family. Lack of experience with the US health system. Many don't take advantage of low-cost services offered because there is a language and culture barrier. Many are used to receiving a variety of medications from a pharmacist without a prescription as they do in their country of origin. http://www.cwru.edu/med/epidbio/mphp439/Arab-Americans.html Formal Authority lies with the husband/father. Women play important roles in socializing children, and preserving kinship ties and in maintaining social and religious traditions. The oldest son usually has authority over younger siblings, especially his sisters. In many families boys are valued over girls. In more traditional homes girls are not allowed to ride bicycles or play certain sports.
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