Arab Americans and Their Communities of Cleveland


Arab Americans and Their Communities of Cleveland


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The author of this monograph has made a contribution in describing the progress of the Syrian and Lebanese American community in the Cleveland area. These same experiences were similarly reflected in many other communities throughout the land, including my own. This monograph includes not only the early history of these people from their origins in the Mediterranean, it focuses particularly on their daily lives as immigrants to America -- and on the difficulties they encountered in trying to maintain their traditional institutions in a new land. –Excerpt from the Introduction by Danny Thomas, Founder of St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Original publication date 1981.



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MSL Academic Endeavors


Cleveland, Ohio


Arab, ethnicity, Arabic ancestory, Arab Americans, Danny Thomas, immigration, Lebanese, Arab Americans in Cleveland Ohio, Islam, Arab Religions, Crusades, ethnic diversity


African Languages and Societies | East Asian Languages and Societies | History | History of Religions of Eastern Origins | Near Eastern Languages and Societies | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Religion | United States History


The original print version was published in 1981. Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Ethnic Heritage Studies, Cleveland State University.

Redistributed by Cleveland Memory Project and MSL Academic Endeavors in 2013.

Dr. Abed el-Rahman Tayyara, Associate Professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies and Director of Middle Eastern Studies at Cleveland State University, has written a review of Arab Americans and Their Communities of Cleveland; it can be downloaded from .

For related information, visit Arab Community in Cleveland, part of a series of interviews available in the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities Cleveland Oral History Collection.

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Arab Americans and Their Communities of Cleveland