Nabeel Abraham teaches anthropology at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan, where he also serves as director of the Honors Program. He is co-editor of Arabs in the New World: Studies on Arab-American Communities (Center for Urban Studies, Wayne State University, 1983). Andrew Shryock is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author of Nationalism and the Genealogical Imagination: Oral History and Textual Authority in Tribal Jordan (University of California Press, 1997).
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.