Book Talk & Discussion: Strangers in the West By Linda K. Jacobs The never-before-told story of the first Arab immigrants

Wed, May 23, 2018 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Free and Open to the Public

Doors Open at 6:30 P.M.

Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Linda K. Jacobs’ Strangers in the West: The Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900 is the never-before-told story of the Arab immigrants who settled on the lower west side of New York City beginning in 1880. They came primarily from what was then known as “Greater Syria,” and arrived in America with little more than their resourcefulness, but quickly built a thriving colony that was the cultural and economic center of the Syrian diaspora in America. They were peddlers and merchants, midwives and doctors, priests and journalists, performers and impresarios. They capitalized on the orientalist craze sweeping the nation by opening Turkish smoking parlors, selling Turkish goods, and performing in “native costume” all over the country but soon learned English, built businesses, published newspapers, and became an important thread in the rich tapestry of the immigrant culture of nineteenth-century New York City.

Linda K. Jacobs is a New York-based scholar and author. She holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology/Anthropology and spent many years working on archaeological excavations and economic development projects in the Middle East. Dr. Jacobs is committed to promoting Middle Eastern culture and knowledge in the United States, founding KalimahPress in 2011 and sitting on the board of several Middle Eastern organizations, including the Near East Foundation and the Moise Khayrallah Center. All four of her grandparents were members of the New York Syrian Colony. Linda is the author of two books, both published by KalimahPress

Last updated: 2018-05-17 22:00:25

Strangers in the West by Linda Jacobs
Strangers in the West by Linda Jacobs
Linda Jacobs
Linda Jacobs

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