Our teaching and research is committed to:
- An interdisciplinary approach to Arab and Muslim American studies that integrates research and teaching methods from various fields, such as history, media studies, literature, anthropology, and sociology, among others;
- A transnational approach that highlights the relationship between Arab and Muslim homelands and diasporas;
- Comparative approaches that place the understanding of Arab American and Muslim American history and experiences in relation to other racial, ethnic, or immigrant groups; and,
- Community-based approaches that link universities with Arab and Muslim American communities through teaching, internships, and collaborative projects.
Our goals are to increase awareness of:
- The circumstances that have produced the movement of people between the Arab region and the United States;
- The ways that racism, discrimination, and war impact Arab and Muslim Americans;
- The significance of media representations and stereotypes of Arabs, Arab Americans, and Muslim Americans to “American culture”;
- The significance of religion, religious identity, and spirituality to Arab and Muslim American studies and communities;
- The ideals and practices of gender and sexuality among Arab and Muslim American communities;
- The diversity of Arab American and Muslim American identities and communities; and,
- Arab and Muslim American contributions to history, science, culture, and the arts.