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The Arab-American Experience and Islamophobia


Books, Essays, and Poetry:

  • Abu-Laban, Baha, et al. Arabs In America: Myths and Realities. Medina University Press International, 1975. Call Number: DS63.2.U5 A85 1975
  • Akhtar, Ayad. Disgraced. Unabridged ed. Venice, California: L.A. Theatre Works, 2019. Online access
  • Alyan, Hala. The Twenty-ninth Year: Poems. Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. Call Number: L92 A6 2019
  • Bayoumi, M. (2008). How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America. New York: Penguin Press. Call Number: E184.A65 B35 2008
  • El Rassi, Toufic. Arab In America. San Francisco, Calif: Last Gasp, 2007. Call Number: E47 A83 2007.
  • Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck. Becoming American?: The Forging of Arab and Muslim Identity In Pluralist America. Baylor University Press, 2011. Call Number: E184.A65 H325 2011
  • Hammad, Suheir. Born Palestinian, Born Black. UpSet Press, 2010. Call Number: PS3558 .A4473 B67 2010
  • Joukhadar, Zeyn. The Map of Salt and Stars. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2018. Call Number : O67925 M36 2018b
  • Joukhadar, Zeyn. The Thirty Names of Night: A Novel. Atria Books, 2020. Call Number: O67925 T45 2020
  • Kundnani, Arun. The Muslims Are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War On Terror. London: Verso, 2014. Call Number: K856 2014.
  • Lalami, Laila. Conditional Citizens: On Belonging In America. Pantheon Books, 2020. Call Number: L223 2020
  • Love, Erik. Islamophobia and Racism In America. New York: New York University Press, 2017. Call Number: M88 L68 2017
  • Orfalea, Gregory, and Sharif Elmusa. Grape Leaves: A Century of Arab American Poetry. University of Utah Press, 1988. Call Number: A7 G7 1988
  • Rum, Etaf. A Woman Is No Man: A Novel. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019. Call Number: PS3618.U564 W66 2019

  • Saeed, Aisha, et al. Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices. Amulet Books, 2020. Online

  • Said, Edward W. Covering Islam: How the Media and the Experts Determine How We See the Rest of the World. Rev. ed. Vintage Books, 1997. Call Number: BP52.S24 1997
  • Slimani, Leïla. Watch Us Dance. Viking, 2023. Call Number: PQ2719.L56 R4413 2023

Movies, Music, and Other Media

  • Arab American National Museum, Coming to America
  • Don't Erase Me, The Modern Arab Ted Talk

  • Negin Farsad, et al. The Muslims Are Coming!. Vaguely Qualified Productions, 2013. Call Number: DVD18331a
  • Music of Arab Americans: A Retrospective Collection. Rounder Records, 1997. Online. 
  • Assia Boundaoui. The Feeling of Being Watched. Women Make Movies, 2018. Online.
  • Sut Jhally, et al. Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People. Media Education Foundation, 2006. Call Number: DVD07202

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