By Sarah M. A. Gualtieri

This multifaceted research of Syrian immigration to the USA areas Syrians— and Arabs extra generally—at the heart of discussions approximately race and racial formation from which they've got lengthy been marginalized. Between Arab and White focuses at the first wave of Arab immigration and payment within the usa within the years earlier than international conflict II, but in addition keeps the tale as much as the current. It provides an unique research of the ways that humans normally from present day Lebanon and Syria—the greatest team of Arabic-speaking immigrants ahead of international conflict II—came to view themselves in racial phrases and place themselves inside of racial hierarchies as a part of a broader means of ethnic identification formation.

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S. Census. I examine the political bases of this challenge and the different arguments made for official minority status. In the wake of September 11, 2001, with increased profiling and scrutiny of the Arab and Muslim communities in the United States, the campaign to change the category in the census has been muted. This poses interesting questions about Arab racial and ethnic definitions, and their relationship to citizenship, in a new period of heightened American nativism and global reconfigurations of power.

S. soil. Rather, they used what they had brought with them to become Syrian American. 43 Religious solidarities, in particular, helped Syrians make sense of racial and national belonging in the United States. the nation in the mahjar (diaspora) Syrians in the United States participated in debates about their racial identity in order to become American citizens, yet they were also, sometimes simultaneously, drawn into a broader set of debates about the future of the Ottoman polity and their place within it.

19 According to historian Kemal Karpat’s analysis of the records of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, foreign interest in the Ottoman government’s offer was significant. Italian, Irish, and American families queried Ottoman consuls about the settlement policies,20 and representatives of two thousand families of German origin living in Bessarabia on the Black Sea (then under Russian control) expressed their interest in moving to Ottoman lands and promised that if their demands were received favorably many thousand German families would follow.

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