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Author Archives: Cait O'Connor

Muslims in Early America

By: Cait O’Connor/Arab America Contributing Writer Today, Muslims represent a wide diversity of the American population. A third of the community is African-American, another third is South Asian, one quarter is Arab, and the rest are from across the world. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of Arab Americans, in fact, are not Muslim. For … Continued

The Arab World in Virginia

By: Cait O’Connor/ Arab American Contributing Writer Virginia has one of the fastest-growing Arab populations in the country. The number of people claiming Arabic descent has more than doubled since 1980. The majority of Arab-Americans are of Lebanese descent, followed by Egyptian, Moroccan, and Palestinian. Of the state’s 137 counties, Arabs live in 97, with … Continued

From Brooklyn and Beyond: 10 Arab American Women On the Music Scene

Victor Hugo perhaps said it best when he eloquently declared, “music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” The following women do just that. Each carries with them multiple rich, sometimes competing musical identites that spill forth when they perform. In many cases, their music is inspired by and imbued with humanitarian concern that translates into activism through music.  

Why Arab Americans Should Feel American on the 4th of July

The history of cultural integration in this country is conflicted, marred by decades of struggle and oppression that continue today. In celebrating its independence, America must also take time to recognize the people that have fought for their right to live freely in this country, and have in the process contributed greatly to its cultural heritage. Arab-Americans have every right to take pride in the American identity they have helped to create.

“The Seventeen Traditions”: An Interview with Ralph Nader

By: Cait O’Connor/Arab America Contributing Writer Much of the ease of modern life and the degree of its conveniences are safe for us to use because of  Ralph Nader. Nader,  who was mainly influenced by his Lebanese parents.  His transformative influence in the field of consumer affairs cannot be overstated. Ralph himself, however, is somewhat … Continued

10 Facts About Legendary Poet Mahmoud Darwish

By: Cait O’Connor/Arab America Contributing Writer Known as the “Voice of Palestine,” Mahmoud Darwish is one of the most beloved poets both within and beyond the Arab World. As a political activist and literary icon, he wrote prolifically and received enormous praise. His reading in Beirut in 2008, shortly before his death, drew a crowd … Continued

Jews From the Arab World or Arab Jews? What Do We Know About Them?

Many Jews lived for centuries in what long ago had become part of the Arab World. They no longer live there, except for a very small number. We don’t generally think of Jews as Arabs. In fact, it’s quite the contrary—our impression is that these two groupings are vastly different, often at loggerheads. This has not always been the case, however. When Jews are considered “Arab,” it is because of the people themselves who had lived in Arab countries, where they shared with the Arabs the latter’s language and culture.

Here it is: The Secret to Making Great Tasting Hummus

By: Cait O’Connor/ Arab America Contributing Writer From black bean to caramelized onion to pumpkin spice, the flavors of hummus found on today’s grocery store shelves are seemingly endless. The humble paste of chickpeas and tahini has even been marketed in sweet “dessert” varieties. But as marketers and food companies grow more creative, they deviate … Continued

The Life and Legacy of Ralph Nader

In fact, much of the ease of modern life, and degree to which its conveniences are safe for us to use, must be attributed to Ralph Nader. His transformative influence in the field of consumer affairs cannot be overstated. Nader has taken on many titles throughout his remarkable career, including those of activist, politician, attorney, presidential candidate, and auto-reformer.

Dear Boss: 10 Things to Know About Arab American Employees

By: Cait O’Connor/ Arab America Contributing Writer Indira Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India, once said, “I suppose that leadership at one time meant muscle; but today it means getting along with people.” In order to get along with others, one must recognize and be respectful towards their rights and personal identities. For someone … Continued

The Exodus of Palestinian Christians from the Holy Land

The Holy Land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea contains some of the most sacred spaces for Muslims, Jews, and Christians alike. The Christian population in this area has long thrived among its Jewish and Muslim neighbors. However, the increasingly destructive Israeli occupation, endorsed by the current U.S. administration, has made the area essentially uninhabitable.

10 Ways English is Challenging for New Arab Americans

The English language is a force to be reckoned with. For better or for worse, English has become somewhat of a default dialect, used by 360 million native speakers and 20% of the world’s population. Over fifty countries list English as either their official or primary language. 

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