Did You Know?
Arabs are not a race and have diverse physical attributes, including complexion and hair and eye color.
Arabs represent about five percent of the world's population.
The word Islam means "surrender (to God)."
- "A History of the Arab Peoples" by Albert Hourani: A thorough and highly respected history of Arabs from pre-Islamic to modern times.
- "Guests of the Sheik" by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea, professor emeritus, Center for Middle Eastern Studies: An autobiographical narrative of Fernea's two-year stay in a rural Iraqi village.
- "The Wedding of Zein" by Tayyeb Saleh: A depiction of life in a Sudanese village.
- "Cities of Salt" by Abderrahman Munif: Portrayal of the upheavals in societies of the Arabian peninsula as a result of the oil rush.
- "Wild Thorns" by Sahar Khalifeh: A dramatization of life in the West Bank under occupation by Israel.
- "Midaq Alley" by Naguib Mahfouz, Nobel Prize winner for literature, 1988: Portrait of a poor neighborhood in Cairo during World War II Egypt.
- "Aunt Safiyya and the Monastery" by Bahaa' Taher: A novel examining Muslim-Christian relations in Upper Egypt.
- "Terrorism and Kebab" (Egypt): Slapstick comedy with a message.
- "Battle of Algiers" (Italy): Oscar-nominated film about Algerians' fight to win independence from France. Shown to U.S. military leaders planning the war against Iraq.
- "Rana's Wedding" (Palestine): A romantic drama about a Palestinian girl who wants to marry the man of her choice.
- "The Syrian Bride" (Israel): The story of a girl from Israeli-occupied Golan Heights who crosses the border to marry a Syrian. She will never be allowed to return home.
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