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Reel Bad Arabs by Jack G. Shaheen. (Interlink Pub Group, 2001) A groundbreaking book that dissects a slanderous history of anti-Arab racism in popular culture dating from cinema’s earliest days to contemporary Hollywood blockbusters.
The TV Arab by Jack G. Shaheen. (Popular Press, 1976) Analysis of the image of Arabs in TV news and entertainment.
Arab and Muslim Stereotypes in American Popular Culture by Jack G. Shaheen. (Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, 1997) Discusses films, TV, news broadcasts and asks the questions: How does the American media portray the Arab countries and the Muslim faith? Furthermore, how do the American people react to such a depiction? Are there any solutions to the obstacles created?
Covering Islam : How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World
by Edward W. Said. (Vintage, Revised edition 1997) Reveals the hidden agendas and distortions of fact that underlie even the most “objective” coverage of the Islamic world.
Orientalism by Edward W. Said. (Vintage, 1979) Said sets about dismantling the study of the “orient” in general with primary focus on the Islamic Near East and exposes the role of Orientalism in colonialism.
Opening the Gates: A Century of Arab Feminist Writing by Margot Badran (Editor), Miriam Cooke (Editor). (Indiana University Press, 1990) This collection of stories, speeches, essays, poems and memoirs bears fierce testimony to a tradition of Arab feminist writing.
Food for Our Grandmothers: Writings by Arab-American and Arab-Canadian Feminists
by Joanna Kadi (Editor). (South End Press, 1994) This collection of essays, poems, and recipes highlights some of the experiences and attitudes of North American women of Arab descent.
Occupied Voices by Wendy Pearlman (Editor), Laura Junka (Photographer). (Nation Books, 2003) Containing over thirty searing oral testimonies, this is one of the first books to tell the Palestinian story from the point of view of Palestinians living in the occupied territories.
Arab Detroit: From Margin to Mainstream by Nabeel Abraham (Editor), Andrew Shryock (Editor). (Great Lakes Books, July 2000) Mixing analytical pieces with evocative personal accounts and poetry, [Arab Detroit] stresses the diversity of Detroit’s Arab population, breaking down stereotypes about Arabs in general and those in Detroit in particular.
Muslims on the Americanization Path? by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad (Editor), John L. Esposito (Editor). (Oxford University Press, 2000) Like all religious and ethnic minorities in America, Muslims must confront a host of difficult questions. In this wide-ranging volume, fourteen distinguished scholars take an in-depth look at these issues and examine the varied responses and opinions of the Muslim community.
Report on Anti-Arab Hate Crimes and Discrimination by the ADC research Institute. (ADC, 2002) Comprehensive report on the first six months after September 11th. Available at http://www.adc.org.
Available at http://www.adc.org.
Enemy Aliens by David Cole. (New Press, 2003) Covers civil liberties issues raised by the detention of about 5,000 foreign nationals by the United States since September 11 and the denial of their basic constitutional rights in the name of “wartime” expediency.
The War on Our Freedoms: Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism by Richard C. Leone (Editor), Greg, Jr. Anrig (Editor). (Public Affairs, 2003) America ‘s leading experts on civil liberties sound an alarm about the consequences of the war on terrorism for our freedom at home.
Lost Liberties: Ashcroft and the Assault on Personal Freedom by Cynthia Brown (Editor). (New Press, 2003) Thirteen leading experts confront the justice department’s assault on civil liberties.
The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance by Nat Hentoff (Author). (Seven Stories Press, 2003) The book pieces together the true dimensions of the current assault on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
Secret Trials and Executions: Military Tribunals and the Threat to Democracy by Barbara Olshansky, Greg Ruggiero (Editor). (Seven Stories Press, 2002) Examines the Military Order signed by the Bush Regime on November 13th 2001 that effectively suspended constitutional rights for all non citizens living in the United States and subjected them to arrest, secret trials, and secret executions.
Silencing Political Dissent: How Post-September 11 Anti-Terrorism Measures Threaten Our Civil Liberties by Nancy Chang, et al. (Seven Stories Press, 2002) Timely analysis examines how the hastily approved USA Patriot Act endows the executive branch with vast new powers, erodes civil liberties, and adversely impacts immigrants.
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. (Knopf, 1923) A brilliant man’s philosophy on love, marriage, joy and sorrow, time, friendship and much more. Originally published in 1923 – translated into more than 20 languages. With 12 full page drawings by Gibran. (Poetry)
The Poetry of Arab Women by Nathalie Handal (Editor). (Interlink Pub Group, 2000) The anthology was prepared to eradicate invisibility and has gathered work from most of the older and newer contemporary voices of the Arab diaspora including over 80 poets living in Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Yemen, Gaza and the U.S.
Drops of This Story by Suheir Hammad Writers & Readers; (October 1996) As a young Palestinian woman raised in Brooklyn, during the rise of crack and Hip Hop, Suheir developed her own ideas of what words such as “race” and “culture” meant to her. (Poetry)
Born Palestinian, Born Black by Suheir Hammad Writers & Readers; (November 1996) More poetry from twenty-eight-year-old Palestinian-American poet and political activist.