Blog post list

January 27, 2012
By Matthew Jaber Stiffler Originally written for, and posted at,
January 19, 2012
By Matthew Jaber Stiffler The Reclaiming Identity website was envisioned and created to be a resource for the general public and a reference for students and researchers. But it can also serve as an effective tool for educators at the high school and college level.
January 9, 2012
Following the season finale of the TLC show, All-American Muslim, professor and author, Evelyn Alsultany has posted an excellent commentary at the New York University Press's blog, From the Square.
October 31, 2011
This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-6, more than 60 scholars of Arab American studies from across the globe will gather at the Arab American National Museum to share research and ideas, and to honor Dr. Michael W. Suleiman (1934-2010), founding scholar in the field.
The Theif of Bagdad (1924)
May 25, 2011
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is preparing to launch Race & Hollywood: Arab Images on Film, a month-long movie event that focuses on the diverse portrayals of Arabs in cinema. Tuesday and Thursday nights in July, TCM host Robert Osborne will be joined by internationally acclaimed professor, author and Middle East media consultant Dr. Jack G.
Oglala War Party
May 13, 2011
From the blog, Sociological Images, comes a great post about the manufactured images of the Native American Indian. Author and Professor of Sociology Lisa Wade, Ph.D., discusses photos taken by Edward S.
Matthew Jaber Stiffler, Researcher at AANM
April 15, 2011
By Matthew Jaber Stiffler, AANM Researcher One of the first questions people ask me when they find out that I have travelled through the Arab world is, "Weren’t you scared?" I get this question from family members and friends, students, and even visitors to the Arab American National Museum. I never take offense to the question, and I never fault the person for asking it. Based on the amount and type of information available in the United States about the Arab world, it makes complete sense that the majority of Americans would view Arab countries and their people as violent.
Janice Freij, Curator of Education
April 10, 2011
By Janice Freij, Curator of Education at the AANM  Although I grew up in a predominately homogenous suburb where most of my friends were non-Arab, I rarely felt that I was "different". Sure I was darker than most of the students in school, and brought foods to the lunchroom that often triggered disgusted looks and whispers, but otherwise, I felt like a normal kid. It wasn't until ninth grade that I discovered how different I really was. Let me rephrase that. Ninth grade was when I realized how different I really was in the eyes of other students.
Argosy pulp fiction novel
March 30, 2011
By Professor Evelyn Alsultany To a certain extent, stereotyping is part of the human condition. Everyday, we take mental shortcuts to simplify information. Stereotypes become problematic, however, when we assume that all people in a particular group (racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, religious, etc.) are the same or can be understood through a simplistic category.
Arab American National Museum
March 29, 2011
By Professor Evelyn Alsultany Welcome to the Arab American National Museum’s online exhibit, Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes. This exhibit has been in the works at the AANM for quite a few years. It taps into one of our core values of educating the larger public on the history, life, culture and contributions of Arabs and Arab Americans.