By S. Salaita
Utilizing a mixture of literary and social research, this publication examines a wide variety of contemporary Arab American literary fiction and illustrates how various socio-political phenomena have affected the improvement of the Arab American novel. Salaita argues that during the U.S. numerous fictions approximately Arabs and Islam circulation usually in either well known and educational cultures. He endeavors in flip to spotlight the variations inscribed within the Arab American neighborhood that render it extra advanced than commonly is stated in public dialogue, an pastime undertaken via critique of a cross-section of contemporary Arab American novelists, together with Etel Adnan, Rabih Alameddine, Joseph Geha, and Laila Halaby. Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures, and Politics is the 1st unique booklet of Arab American literary feedback and provides reflections at the viability of constructing an Arab American Studies.
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Nor do I wish to suggest that discussion of Arab Americans as a community only occurred (or can occur) though the medium of scholarship; in reality, people have been holding organized discussions in various forums about Arab Americans since Arabs arrived in North America. 16 In so doing, Abraham and Stockton signaled that no longer would Arab American scholarship remain focused almost exclusively on issues of migration and assimilation; rather, they politicized their scholarship and broadened their methodological content in ways that became immensely helpful to those who would follow.
There are countless ways to approach this issue, but I suspect that it is the type of question that answers itself. The fragmentation of American society into majority/ minority binaries ensured that the predominant response to 9/11 would be to appropriate the new Arab enemy into familiar categories. Thus even as a heightened foreign presence or religious deviant, the Arab American became on 9/11 an unwilling addition to a racialized taxonomy packed with unwilling participants. Part of the ambiguity highlighted in the title of this chapter arises from within this set of issues.
Highlighting “Arab Diasporas” has the added advantage of tacitly encouraging comparativist and transnational scholarship, which might presumably entail investigation of interethnicity. This possibility is crucial in determining the types of things an Arab American Studies can accomplish pragmatically and in its curricular ambitions. It portends, first of all, an integration of Arab Americans into complex American polities as well as internationalist paradigms. Second, its hermeneutics indicate that complexification necessarily underlies scholarly pursuit into Arab American themes.
Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures, and Politics by S. Salaita