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News and Upcoming Events for Arabs in Cleveland


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Out & About - Photos and Event Recaps

2012

Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar speaking at Cleveland International Hall of Fame



Hon. Mary Rose Oakar was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame on Wednesday May 9, 2012. Rep. Oakar was introduced by Dr. Wael Khoury. .

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2011

Dr. James J. Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute
Cleveland City Club January 14, 2011

Mary Rose Oakar and Dr. James J. Zogby

Mary Rose Oakar and Dr. James J. Zogby



Arab Student Union display at Cleveland State University

Arab Student Union display at Cleveland State University

Saudi Arabian student at CSU

Saudi Arabian student at CSU

Cleveland Browns Dick Ambrose with Iranian-American Olympic champion wrestler Siamak 'Matt' Ghaffari

Cleveland Browns Dick Ambrose with Iranian-American Olympic champion wrestler Siamak 'Matt' Ghaffari
at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards
Ghaffari was a two-time Olympic team member obtaining a silver medal in 1996. He holds four World and Olympic Medals


Burj Al Arab, the world's tallest hotel located in Dubai

Burj Al Arab, the world's tallest hotel located in Dubai




Organizations and Resources for Arabs in Cleveland

The Arab American Institute (AAI) is a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent. AAI represents the policy and community interests of Arab Americans throughout the U.S. through two primary focus areas: campaigns and elections, and policy formulation and research.



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Business, Education and Employment Information

Map showing the Arab populations around the world

Map showing the Arab populations around the world

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Cleveland Arab Feedback and Memories


Nikita Khrushchev with Nasser. Image taken in Egypt, during contractions of Aswan High Dam

Nikita Khrushchev with Nasser. Image taken in Egypt, during contractions of Aswan High Dam



Arab History and Culture


Tell us about the music, food, holidays, traditions, costumes, language and other qualities that make Arabs so special.


According to Wikipedia, "In the modern era, defining who is an Arab is done on the grounds of one or more of the following three criteria:

  • Genealogical: someone who can trace his or her ancestry to the tribes of Arabia - the original inhabitants of the Arabian Peninsula - and the Syrian Desert. This definition covers fewer self-identified Arabs than not, and was the definition used in medieval times, for example by Ibn Khaldun.
  • Linguistic: someone whose first language, and by extension cultural expression, is Arabic, including any of its varieties. This definition covers more than 250 million people. Certain groups that fulfill this criterion reject this definition on the basis of genealogy, such an example may be seen in the identity of many Egyptians.
  • Political: in the modern nationalist era, any person who is a citizen of a country where Arabic is either the national language or one of the official languages, and/or a citizen of a country which may simply be a member of the Arab League (thereby having Arabic as an official government language, even if not used by the majority of the population). This definition would cover over 300 million people.

    It may be the most contested definition as it is the most simplistic one. It would exclude the entire Arab diaspora, but include not only those genealogically Arabs (Gulf Arabs and others, such as Bedouins, where they may exist) and those Arabized-Arab-identified, but would also include Arabized non-Arab-identified groups (including many Lebanese and many Egyptians, both Christians and Muslims) and even non-Arabized ethnic minorities which have remained non-Arabic-speaking (such as the Berbers in Morocco, Kurds in Iraq, or the Somali majority of Arab League member Somalia).

The relative importance of these three factors is estimated differently by different groups and frequently disputed.


Middle East

Middle East

Middle East


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Profiles of Arabs in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio



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The Imam Ali Mosque, an important shrine in Najaf Iraq

The Imam Ali Mosque, an important shrine in Najaf Iraq




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