Edited by Amaney Jamal and Nadine Naber
"This excellent collection is valuable, not only for its in-depth exploration of Arab American and Muslim experiences in the US, but also for clarifying many aspects of racial formation itself."
—Howard Winant, author of The New Politics of Race
"Jamal and Naber’s indispensable volume intervenes in the ongoing debate over the racing of Arabs / Muslims in the U.S., a community at once hyper-visible in the post 9/11 landscape, and invisible as people of color. Probing essays examine the various ways that the Arab diaspora negotiates race, dislocation, and citizenship, issues deeply embedded in the U.S. presence in the Middle East."
—Ella Shohat, author of Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices
"A breakthrough volume. No one has systematically tried to situate Arab American studies within American race theory. . . . very challenging and highly provocative. It will engage readers across the disciplines and will be a must read."
—Suad Joseph, University of California, Davis
"A volume with a consistent them—the ‘racialization process’ of Arab Americans after 9/11—and a rich discursive analysis of ‘whiteness,’ ‘blackness,’ and ‘otherization."
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 11th, 2001, this volume locates September 11 as a turning point, rather than a beginning, in Arab Americans’ diverse engagements with "race."
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Amaney Jamal is assistant professor of politics at Princeton University. She is the author of Barriers to Democracy: The Other Side of Social Capital in Palestine and the Arab World.
Nadine Naber is assistant professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Feminist Studies, Journal of Ethnic Studies, and Journal of Cultural Dynamics. She is coeditor of Gender, Nation, and Belonging, a special issue of MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies.
6 1/8 x 9 1/4, 384 pages, notes, bibliography, index