Hadha Baladuna: Arab American Narratives of Boundary and Belonging

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Wayne State University Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.55 inches | 0.69 pounds

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About the Author
Ghassan Zeineddine is assistant professor of English at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Nabeel Abraham taught anthropology for nearly three decades at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan, where he also directed the honors program. He retired in 2013. Sally Howell is associate professor of history at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and director of the Center for Arab American Studies.
I want to hug this book. Reading it is like walking into a home where onions are frying with cilantro while someone pounds garlic cloves with a mortar and pestle and someone else is pouring bubbling syrup over the kunafeh just out of the oven, and everyone's talking at the same time, and one person is singing. Your mouth is watering for the meal to come, and you're wishing you lived there even though you know if you did it might be too much some days, and so you're happy to be visiting. This book is a multi-course meal; I want to eat up every bite. Aside from hugging or eating it, I will be using the rich contributions in this well-made book for teaching Arab American literature, gender studies, and Muslim devotional and aesthetic interaction with the Quran.--Mohja Kahf "professor of comparative literature and Middle East studies, University of Arkansas" (1/28/2022 12:00:00 AM)
Hadha Baladuna brings together evocative creative pieces that speak poignantly to the contributors' deep and intimate connections to Detroit and Dearborn. The strong voices and characters we encounter capture the vibrancy of these cities, buzzing with the sounds, smells, and sights of Arab homes and homelands, while also evoking the tensions and pain dividing and connecting generations of Arab immigrant families that have chosen these cities as their home. Hadha Baladuna brings fresh and valuable perspectives to the complexities of Arab lives in the U.S.--Carol W. N. Fadda "associate professor of English, Syracuse University, author of Contemporary Arab-American Literature: Transnational Reconfigurations of Citizenship and Belonging (New York University Press, 2014)" (1/28/2022 12:00:00 AM)