Terrorism struck in the heart of Paris on Wednesday, Jan. 7, when three masked gunmen killed 12 people at the office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Media reports rushed to describe the crime as “an apparent militant Islamist attack” because the paper had published cartoons of the Prophet Mohamad, even though the suspects, who fled the scene of the massacre, were still at large.Details
Dearborn, Mich. – Southeast Michigan businessman and internationally renowned philanthropist Russell J. Ebeid has made a $2 million legacy gift to the Arab American National Museum (AANM). This gift – the first and largest of its kind in the history of the AANM’s parent organization, ACCESS – was announced during the 43rd annual ACCESS Dinner last Saturday evening, April 12, at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.Details
DEARBORN — Discussing the pressure that many Arab American women experience to get married by a young age, Angela, a 22-year-old student at the University of Michigan – Dearborn who didn’t want to be identified, said, “There shouldn’t be an age limit. It shouldn’t be like once you are 25 that is it, you are too old, and you cannot get married, or if you are 30, oh, you can’t have kids. It is wrong.”
It is no secret that there is a lot of pressure on Arab American women to get married at a young age. Many find it difficult to concentrate on pursuing higher education because of cultural limitations.Details
Three Arab films have made their way onto the Academy Awards’ nomination list this year. “The Square,” directed by Jehane Noujaim and produced by Karim Amer, was nominated in the Documentary Feature category. This is the first Academy Award nomination for both Noujaim and Amer.
The film depicts a unified front in Egypt during the 2011 uprising in Tahrir Square against the then president, Hosni Mubarak. The film debuted on Netflix on Jan. 17. Noujaim tweeted her excitement, “#Overthemoon #Oscar nom @thesquarefilm is for the blood, hopes, and dreams of Egyptians whose power and beauty and courage we saw in Tahrir.” This is the first Egyptian-made film to be nominated for an Oscar.Details
Despite the negative stereotypes surrounding Saudi Arabians, many Saudis in the United States are university students. Saudi presence on American campuses has grown significantly over the past seven years. Saudis amount to 4.5 percent of international students in the country.
In universities throughout Michigan, Saudis rank fifth in the number of international students. They make up 5 percent of the State’s foreign student body.
In 2006, the Saudi Higher Education Ministry established a scholarship program to send students to universities abroad.Details
Alixa Naff, considered “the mother” of Arab American Studies, established the Faris and Yamna Naff Arab American Collection at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. In the summer of 1962, she travelled the United States in a blue Volkswagon beetle, known as “the camel,” conducting oral interviews with the first generations of Arab American immigrants and collecting their photographs and artifacts.Details
When Jimmy Delshad was sworn in as the mayor of Beverly Hills, he became the first Iranian-American mayor in the city of Beverly Hills. Delshad says he wants to use his position to act as a bridge between Iranian-Americans and the rest of the American society.Details