I just got an email from Samar Jarrah, author of the book “Arab Voices Speak to American Hearts”, so I’m spreading the news as I should.
I will be ordering the book for some winter reading and I’ll post my review of it soon. So for now the following information should suffice:
Ã¢??IÃ¢??m afraid that if I watch a lot of TV, I will start to hate myself as an Arab, or as a Muslim or as a Palestinian,Ã¢?Â says Samar Dahmash-Jarrah, Ã¢??because there is nothing out there except bias and stereotyping and hatred.Ã¢?Â
Ã¢??For three-and-a-half years, all I did was answer questions on behalf of Arabs and Muslims,Ã¢?Â she said. Ã¢??Finally I said, Ã¢??maybe itÃ¢??s about time that I let Arabs answer these questions that Americans keep asking me.Ã¢?? Ã¢??
Jarrah sent out emails to every American she knew, soliciting the questions people wanted to ask an average Arab on the street, consolidating them into 100 questions in 7 categories: religion, 9/11, the war in Iraq, womenÃ¢??s roles, Israel and Palestine, Arab and Muslim society and U.S.Ã¢??Middle East relations.
Jarrah then traveled to Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait and interviewed a dozen random strangers: Women and men, Christians and Muslims, with a cross-section of education and accomplishment, ranging from ages 19 to 66. The transcripts of the answers to those questions have been compiled in her self-published book, Arab Voices Speak to American Hearts. [source]
Four Jordanians are featured in the book who answer question posed to them directly by Americans.
Howard Zinn calls it an “important bookÃ¢?Â¦.these voices are heartfelt and cannot fail to move any reader. I hope the book gets wide distribution.”
The book will be sold in Jordan at Al-Bustan book store, this Thursday the 8th so go out and get a copy.
Spread the word please…