KMA Diversity & Inclusion

Arab American Culture Resources

Arab American Culture


Country Specific:


The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Sa'ud

Lacy, Robert, Avon Books, 1981


State, Society, and Economy in Saudi Arabia 

Niblock, Tim,  1982


The Political Economy of Saudi Arabia

Niblock, Tim and Monica Malik,  Routledge, 2007 


Voices of Change: Short Stories by Saudi Arabian Women Writers

Bagader, Abubaker, Ava M. Heinrichsdorff and D.S. Akers, 1998


The literature of Modern Arabia, an Anthology

Jayyusi, Salma Khadhra (ed), Columbia University Press, 2004


Beyond The Dunes: An Anthology of Modern Saudi Literature

Al-Hazimi, Mansour, Salma K. Jayyusi, and Izzat Khattab (eds), Palgrave, Macmillan 1988.




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Women and Gender in Islam: Historical Roots of a Modern Debate

Ahmed, Leila, 1991


Arab Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide, 1873-1999

Ashour, Radwa, Ferial Ghazoul, Hasna Reda-medkashi, The American University of Cairo, 2008


Islam: a short history, illustrated

Armstrong, Karen, Published by Modern Library, 2002


A History of God: the 4000-year quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Armstrong, Karen, Ballantine Books, 1994


The Battle for God

Armstrong, Karen, Alfred A. Knopf, 2000


Opening the Gates: A Century of Arab Feminist Writing

Badran, Margot and Miriam Cooke, 1990


Veil: Modesty, Privacy and Resistance

El Guindi, Fadwa, Berg, 1999


Islam, Gender, and Social Change

Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, 1988 Oxford University Press


The Arab World: Society, Culture and State

Halim Barakat, 1993


Islam & the Myth of Confrontation: Religion and Politics in the Middle East

Halliday, Fred, 1995


A History of the Arab Peoples

Hourani, Albert Habib, Cambridge, MA:  Harvard University Press, 1991


Women and Power in the Middle East

Joseph, Suad, and Susan Slyomovics, 2001, university of Pennsylvania Press


In the name of identity: violence and the need to belong

Maalouf, Amin, Arcade Publishing, 2001


The Veil and the Male Elite: A Feminist Interpretation of Women's Rights in Islam

Mernissi, Fatima,  Perseus Books Group, 1992


Beyond the Veil: Male-female Dynamics in Muslim Society

Mernissi, Fatima,  Saqi Books, 2003


Islam and Democracy: Fear of the Modern World

Mernissi, Fatima, 1992


Seen and Heard: A Century of Arab Women in Literature and Culture

Mikhail, Mona


Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation

Ramadan, Tariq, 2008


In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad

Ramadan, Tariq, 2009


Islam, the West and the Challenges of Modernity

Ramadan, Tariq, 2009


Arab Women: Between Defiance and Restraint

Sabbagh, Suha


Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient

Said, Edward Said,  Penguin Modern Classics, 2003


Arab Women:  Old Boundaries, New Frontiers

Tucker, Judith E., ed., Bloomington, IN:  Indiana University Press, 1993


Contemporary Arab Women’s writing (Postcolonial Literature)

Valassopoulos, A., Routledge, 2007



(Intercultural Communication Institute and Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication)

(Alex's films to watch but are not Arab, but Muslim centered, particularly American Muslims)

(Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research—a global professional organization)

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UK Foreign Office Country Profiles

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