Arab America
Fig. 1. Arab America. Courtesy of NYU Press, 2012.

NYU Press published a new book titled "Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism" written by Nadine Naber from the University of Michigan.

Publication Data

Naber, Nadine. Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism. NYU Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780814758878.


Arab Americans are one of the most misunderstood segments of the U.S. population, especially after the events of 9/11. In Arab America, Nadine Naber tells the stories of second generation Arab American young adults living in the San Francisco Bay Area, most of whom are political activists engaged in two culturalist movements that draw on the conditions of diaspora, a Muslim global justice and a Leftist Arab movement.

Writing from a transnational feminist perspective, Naber reveals the complex and at times contradictory cultural and political processes through which Arabness is forged in the contemporary United States, and explores the apparently intra-communal cultural concepts of religion, family, gender, and sexuality as the battleground on which Arab American young adults and the looming world of America all wrangle.  As this struggle continues, these young adults  reject Orientalist thought, producing counter-narratives that open up new possibilities for transcending the limitations of Orientalist, imperialist, and conventional nationalist articulations of self, possibilities that ground concepts of religion, family, gender, and sexuality in some of the most urgent issues of our times: immigration politics, racial justice struggles, and U.S. militarism and war.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Articulating Arabness
1. From Model Minority to Problem Minority
2. The Politics of Cultural Authenticity
3. Muslim First, Arab Second
4. Dirty Laundry
5. Diasporic Feminist Anti-Imperialism
Conclusion: Toward a Diasporic Feminist Critique

About the Author

Nadine Naber is Associate Professor in the Program in American Culture and the Department of Women’s Studies and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is co-editor of Race and Arab Americans (2007) and Arab and Arab American Feminisms (2011).

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