Sunday, July 17, 2005

Why this blog?

There's a lot of misconceptions about Arab Americans floating around the blogosphere, the main one being that the terms "Arab" and "Muslim" are virtual synonyms, and it just isn't so. In fact, the majority of Arab Americans in this country are Christian.

I'm part Arab American, from a Christian family who's Arab American members have been in this country for 100 years. I got tired of reading all of the misconceptions about Arab Americans. Often I'd e-mail a writer but receive no response. So I decided to start this blog.

If I can enlighten just a handful of people, this effort will be worth it. My intention is just to provide information and background--some information from other sources, like statistics, and some from my own perspective. I'll try to answer questions as best as I can, so long as they aren't too personal (for now, I'm going to remain anonymous).

Let me make clear, though, that I don't speak for anyone but myself. I couldn't begin to speak for Muslim Americans, because I've never known any. Not proud of that fact, but it's so. But I can't speak for Arab American Christians either, because their views are as diverse as the rest of the people in this country. I only speak for myself.

3 Comments:

Blogger MomOf2 said...

Very interesting blog idea. I hope you will keep writing.

11:53 AM  
Blogger shannon said...

Thanks for taking your time to clue everyone in. That's the best part about blogs- knowledge can be shared.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Dena said...

Congrats, you now know a Muslim arab american =P. Liberal, mind you. The name's Dena, nice to meet you.

9:42 PM  

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