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How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Book summary and reviews of How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? by Moustafa Bayoumi
How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Summary
Arab and Muslim Americans are the new, largely undiscussed "problem" of American society, their lives no better understood than those of African Americans a century ago. Under the cover of the terrorist attacks, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the explosion of political violence around the world, a fundamental misunderstanding of the Arab and Muslim American communities has been allowed to fester and even to define the lives of the seven twenty-something men and women whom we meet in this book. Their names are Rami, Sami, Akram, Lina, Yasmin, Omar, and Rasha, and they all live in Brooklyn, New York, which is home to the largest number of Arab Americans in the United States.
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"Starred Review. [T]he testimonies from these young adults - summary seizures from their homes, harassment from strangers, being fired for having an Arab or Muslim name - have a weight and a sorrow that is often invisible to the general public.'" - Publishers Weekly.
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Moustafa Bayoumi was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and raised in Canada. He earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and is an associate professor of English at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York. He is coeditor of The Edward Said Reader, and his essays have appeared in The Best Music Writing 2006, The Nation, The London Review of Books, The Village Voice, and other publications.
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