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Opinion Editorials, October  31, 2007

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Arab and Muslim Americans: Culture, Beliefs, Views, and Discrimination

By Hassan El-Najjar

An Invited Lecture, October 31, 2007

Lecture Outline:

1. Basic information about Islamic religious beliefs and practices (El-Najjar's Articles).

2. Folkways and mores which are typical among Arab Muslims. 

Islamic mores: Basically the same as Christian and Jewish mores.

Islamic folkways: Be good to yourself, people, and environment, observe Islamic teachings in what you do and say.


Examples: Food & Clothing

Food Islamic Rules and Teachings By Hassan El-Najjar

Are Muslim women second-class citizens By Hassan El-Najjar, Donna Jmsn, and Tim Symonds

The French Ban on Islamic Headscarf, an Interview with Hassan El-Najjar, By Paula Montebruno


3.  Profiling and discrimination against Arabs and Muslims in the U.S., since September 11, 2001. 

Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the Arab-American community has been subject to numerous documented hate and bias-motivated crimes. 

This is well-documented in the 2003 - 2007 Report on Hate Crimes and Discrimination Against Arab Americans


and the earlier:

Report on Hate Crimes and Discrimination Against Arab Americans: The Post-September 11 Backlash

(See: ). 

4. Political views that may be held by Arab Americans and Muslim Americans, which may be very different from the viewpoints that an average American hear and watch on American television, concerning wars and conflicts. 

The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: 





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