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Author Archives: Emily Devereaux

Seeking Refuge: Jewish People Taken in by Arab People

By: Emily Devereaux/Arab America Contributing Writer There is a tumultuous history between Jewish people and Arab people. Conflicts trace back to biblical dates. Today, there is a confusing stigma about relations between Jewish people and Arab people. However, certain time periods saw Jewish people seeking refuge among Arab people. 1492: Discovery of the New World … Continued

Why I Love my Arab Friend…

By: Emily Devereaux/ Arab America Contributing Writer This year, I have the privilege of being an abroad buddy to a student studying abroad at the American University. An abroad buddy is another student or peer that is tasked with helping students studying abroad here acclimate and feel at home. Luckily, I was fortunate enough to … Continued

Christmas in the Arab World: Traditions and Customs

Merry Christmas from all of us at Arab America to all those who are celebrating! This Christmas, are you trying to remember how Christmas is celebrated in your homeland?  The content of this article will remind you of the special Christmas traditions in different Arab countries! Egypt Only about 15% of the Egyptian population is … Continued

10 Outstanding People Under 30 from the Arab World

By: Emily Devereaux/ Arab America Contributing Writer        The age of thirty is a huge milestone. At this point in life, thirty-year-olds are said to be more focused on life satisfaction, more likely to change careers, and more likely ready to settle down. However, some people seem to find their stride even before … Continued

How Arab People Shaped the Numeral System

By: Emily Devereaux/Arab America Contributing Writer The numbering system in Arabic writing looks different than the English writing system, but they are actually the same! The Hindu-Arabic system is the root of many other numeral systems throughout the world. In this system, there are ten digits, including a zero. Arabic numerals are the most widespread … Continued

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Palestine Before 1948

BY: Emily Devereaux/ Arab America contributing writer           Pictures are worth a thousand words. The images below document Palestine before the partition through historic photographs. Palestine Before 1948  This sacred shrine built in Jerusalem by Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan in the late seventh century. It’s the oldest standing Islamic monument.  … Continued

Substitute Your Arab Meat Dishes with Delicious Meatless Options

By: Emily Devereaux/Arab America Contributing Writer Why Eat Meatless?  Today, there are many reasons to eat meatless! While you do not need to commit to a strictly meatless lifestyle, cutting down on meat reduces the risk of heart disease. However, many people may be seeking out more plant-based meals in order to lose weight, or … Continued

Ba’albek Ruins: Then and Now

  By: Emily Devereaux/Arab America Contributing Writer The Ba’albek ruins are an archaeological field day. Its pillars were erected as early as 9000 BC, and are marked with beautiful and intricate designs that leave archaeologists puzzled about how these drawings were carved. At the time of its creation, the Temple was attractive to people because … Continued

Influential Arab American Journalists

By: Emily Devereaux/Arab America Contributing Writer Journalism is a crucial skill. This medium has one of the most important roles in society because it is the ability to share news, influence opinions, and contribute to the dialogue on a macro level. Because journalism is so essential to the way people think about and understand the … Continued

Best Arab Films to Check Out in 2020

By: Emily Devereaux/Arab America Contributing Writer   Film is an essential form of media as it is used to tell stories, to provoke emotions and to spark dialogue. While there have been many Arab films nominated for awards, not many have made it to center stage. Therefore, the conversation surrounding Arab films is even more … Continued

Meet the Arab-American Community in New Jersey

By: Emily Deveraux/Arab America Contributing Writer  Edited by: Raneem Ghunaim  Immigrating to the U.S. Historically, New York is revered as the first magnet city. Many people flooded in from Ellis Island, and they are thought to have stayed within New York state territory. However, recent reflection and date collection reveal that New Jersey has much … Continued

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