Arabs and Muslims were vilified as bloodthirsty terrorists, greedy oil sheiks, and religious fanatics by the mass media, politicians, and political commentators. Like the Eastern churches, the Uniates also allow priests to marry though monks and bishops must remain celibate.
Arab Americans abound in the television and film industries. Curiously, this literary circle, which came to be known as the Pen League al-Rabita al-Qalamiyya had a negligible influence on the early Arab American communities in the United States.
Ramadan is a month of self-discipline as well as spiritual and physical purification. Arab American Christians observe major Christian holidays. The great exception is the Egyptian dialect which is familiar to most speakers of Arabic because of the widespread influence of the Egyptian movie and recording industries, and the dominant cultural role Egypt has traditionally played in the Middle East.
Among Arab Americans, the large extended family constituting a single household is found only among recent immigrants.
More common are the plain-colored head scarfs worn by many Lebanese and other Arab Muslim females. Educational achievement and economic advancement are viewed positively, as are the maintenance of strong family ties and the preservation of female chastity and fidelity. Of these, El-Badry observes, 29 percent work in restaurants, from managers to busboys.
Arabs are desert nomads; however, only two percent of contemporary Arab society is nomadic; and, Arabs oppress women. This is especially true of Arab American men, who unlike women, find it easier to marry an outsider.
This extended household centers around a married man and some of his adult sons and their families. Foremost among the key issues facing the Arab American community is dealing with the rising numbers of new immigrants. Other misconceptions and stereotypes include: But many of these relations are cut short by families because they fail to win their approval.
Inthe Clinton administration continued the detention of the L. Instead of assimilating, these new immigrants often opted to remain on the outskirts of society, even while adopting many American cultural mores.
The fiance will pay her visits and the couple may be allowed to talk privately together, but this will be the only time they are allowed to be alone until the wedding.
A grandparent may also reside in the household. The discrepancy is partly due to the standardization of Arabs in the United States, leading many to conceal their ethnic affiliation. The Middle Eastern diet consists of many ingredients not found in the average American kitchen, such as chick peas, lentils, fava beans, ground sesame seed oil, olive oil, olives, feta cheese, dates, and figs.
The strict segregation of the sexes is inevitably weakening because American society poses many opportunities for unrelated males and females to meet at school or on the job.
Although some writers claim that these immigrants left their native countries for religious or political reasons, the evidence suggests that they were drawn to the United States and other countries by economic opportunity.Arab Americans trace their ancestral roots to several Arab countries.
Lebanon is the homeland of a majority of Arab Americans, followed by Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, and Jordan.Download