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Mission and Vision


Our teaching and research is committed to:

  • An interdisciplinary approach to Arab and Muslim American studies that integrates research and teaching methods from various fields, such as history, media studies, literature, anthropology, and sociology, among others;
  • A transnational approach that highlights the relationship between Arab and Muslim homelands and diasporas;
  • Comparative approaches that place the understanding of Arab American and Muslim American history and experiences in relation to other racial, ethnic, or immigrant groups; and,
  • Community-based approaches that link universities with Arab and Muslim American communities through teaching, internships, and collaborative projects.


Our goals are to increase awareness of:

  • The circumstances that have produced the movement of people between the Arab region and the United States;
  • The ways that racism, discrimination, and war impact Arab and Muslim Americans;
  • The significance of media representations and stereotypes of Arabs, Arab Americans, and Muslim Americans to “American culture”;
  • The significance of religion, religious identity, and spirituality to Arab and Muslim American studies and communities;
  • The ideals and practices of gender and sexuality among Arab and Muslim American communities;
  • The diversity of Arab American and Muslim American identities and communities; and,
  • Arab and Muslim American contributions to history, science, culture, and the arts.