A Vision of Arab-American Underworld in 'Souls'

By Shakir Mustafa

A Pair of Misguided Souls (in Arabic)
By Mahmoud Saeed
Beirut, Dar Al Adab, 2003

In his post 9/11 novel, Mahmoud Saeed presents an unmistakable Arab-American underworld of outright scoundrels: drug dealers, thieves, counterfeiters, smugglers, pimps. Interestingly, Saeed does not suggest that his characters have been pushed into criminal behavior as a consequence of collective victimization after that atrocity.  Instead, the crackdown after 9/11 exposes the existence of such human types.

A Major Contribution to Arab-American Studies

By Pauline Homsi Vinson

The Arab-American Experience in the United States and Canada: A Classified, Annotated Bibliography
By Michael W. Suleiman
The Pierian Press, Inc., 2006 

The first of its kind, Michael W. Suleiman’s “The Arab-American Experience in the United States and Canada: A Classified, Annotated Bibliography” is a truly impressive work that is sure to prove invaluable to those interested in the study of the lives and works of Arabs in America.

Haidar Haidar’s ‘Banquet for Seaweed’ Attempts Balancing Act Haidar Haidar’s ‘Banquet for Seaweed’ Attempts Balancing

By Mahmoud Saeed

Walima Li Aashaab Al Bahr [Banquet For Seaweed]
By Haidar Haidar
Beirut: 1983, pp. 378.

An Iraqi proverb says “two pomegranates do not fit in one hand;” they cannot be carried simultaneously. This proverb applies to a wide range of issues, including the art of novel writing, especially when attempting to combine politics and art. Few novels succeed in integrating these two elements, and Haidar Haidar’s “Walima Li Aashaab Al Bahr” [Banquet for Seaweed] makes another attempt. Does it succeed?

What's in a Word?

By Andrea Stanton

The Top 1,000 Words for Understanding Media Arabic

By Elisabeth Kendall

Georgetown Press, 2005

“What is the Arabic term for ‘suicide bombing’?” asks the back cover. This and the other sample terms – “peacekeeping forces” and “economic sanctions” –  indicate Elisabeth Kendall’s concern to identify critical words for understanding Arabic press coverage of geopolitical, economic, and humanitarian issues facing the Arab world.


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