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Author Archives: Ala Abed-Rabbo

What is Maqam al Iraqi and the Performances Revolving Around It

By: Ala Abed-Rabbo/Arab America Contributing Writer Maqam al Iraqi Iraqi Maqam is a type of Arab maqam music found in Iraq that is around four-hundred years old. The collection of instruments used in this kind of music, called Al-Chalghi al-Baghdadi, includes a qari’ (vocalist), tabla, santur, jawza, or dunbug/dumbeg, and occasionally, riqq and naqqarat. Moreover, … Continued

New Disney Show Represents Lebanese Culture and Who is Leila Milki

By: Ala Abed-Rabbo/Arab America Contributing Writer A New Disney Show Representing Lebanese Culture and Featuring Music by Leila Milki “The Rocketeer,” is a new Disney Junior’s animated TV series that celebrates Lebanese culture and food displays an episode that is named “Recipe For Disaster.” The show is an appealing and empowering re-creation of the original … Continued

How Arabs say Salamtic, Sahtein, Afieh, and more Empathetic Phrases!

By: Ala Abed-Rabbo/Arab America Contributing Writer What Arabs say when Someone is Sick   Arabs show different ways, including articulating phrases, when it comes to expressing compassion. Here are some empathetic phrases to say in various Arabic dialects as words of comfort for sympathy.  It’s known that the Arabic language is one of the most … Continued

Leila Khoury and the Sculpture of Nizar Qabbani

By: Ala Abed-Rabbo/Arab America Contributing Writer Leila Khoury and the Syrian Community Cleveland, Ohio is a city that is home to 120 or so various ethnic groups.  Each sub-group brings their unique traditions, attire, music, religion, art, cuisine, and more. Leila Khoury, a young Syrian rising star in that city and nationally,  received her BFA … Continued

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.—Where Would He Stand Today on the Palestine-Israel Situation?

By: John Mason/Arab America Contributing Writer Martin Luther King (MLK) famously wrote from a Birmingham, Alabama jail where he was imprisoned for protesting segregation, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” … Continued

An Action Plan for New Arab Americans in the New Year

By: Ala Abed-Rabbo/Arab America Contributing Writer The year 2020 has begun, and Arab Americans should focus on an action plan, and here are some suggested ideas, as explained by Arab America contributing writer, Ala Abed-Rabbo, on how to spend one’s free time! Study English and Invest in Education English is a global language and is … Continued

The Beauty of Arab Traditional Attire of North Africa

By: Ala Abed-Rabbo/Arab America Contributing Writer Moroccan Traditional Thobes The beauty of traditional Arab attire is a foremost trait, especially in the North African Arab countries, such as Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria. Morocco, located, (see map below), in the extreme northwestern part in Africa, lies in the Sahara Desert and is an area where the climate … Continued

Do you Want to Make Your Guests Feel Comfortable? Learn from the Arabs

By: Ala Abed-Rabbo/Arab America Contributing Writer Arabs and their Home Guests The Arab householders express a generous welcome through their efforts to make sure that guests feel comfortable and “at home.” Lavish hospitality is one that is not only commendable but also believed as a sacred obligation to Arabs and Arab Americans. Arab kindness and … Continued

Who are the Arab or Arab Americans on the Forbes 500 List?

By: Ala Abed-Rabbo/Arab America Contributing Writer Forbes Magazine Published bi-weekly original articles on investment, manufacturing, financing, and promoting are the focus topics of Forbes, an American business magazine. Forbes also reports on correlated subjects such as technology, relations, science, political affairs, and law. Located in Jersey City, New Jersey are its headquarters. Nassef Onsi Sawiris … Continued

The Richness of the Arabic Language

By: Ala Abed-Rabbo/Arab America Contributing Writer The Arabic Language Around the world, 25 countries claim the Arabic Language as an official or co-official language. The countries are Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, and … Continued

Trump Order to Curb Antisemitism Redefines Judaism as a Race—and Thwarts Legitimate Criticism of Israeli anti-Palestinian Actions

By John Mason/Arab America Contributing Writer  President Trump’s “Executive Order on Combating Antisemitism,” released on December 11, equates antisemitism with criticism of Israel. While not explicit, the order implies that criticizing Israeli mistreatment of Palestinians would be considered anti-Semitic. Trump preempted Congress by taking its version of a yet-to-be passed antisemitism bill, suppressing the complex … Continued

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