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Juxtapositions of Islam and Christianity for Arab American Christians

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Although racially classified as “white”, the racial constructs of Arab Americans reflect and respond to social conflict, political constructs and cultural meanings. Cognizant of the fact that approximately half of Arabs in US are Christian, this study finds that most Arab Christian respondents had been assumed to be Muslim at one point or another. In reaction to this mis-attribution and amid an increased polarization of opinions about Islam, my respondents employed three categorical devices to negotiate their positionalities, including (1) asserting an ancient Christian identity that asserted Eastern identifications that trumped Western Christianity in formation and claims to authenticity (2) accommodating the assumption that they were Muslim by remaining silent about their actual religious identity and, (3) resisting the merging of categories by tying a sectarian Christian identity to national origins. Drawing on 18 months of fieldwork, this article claims that articulations of religious and ethnic identifications are intertwined and discursively produced by national and global constructions of culture, religion and identity.

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Kayyali, Randa. "Juxtapositions of Islam and Christianity for Arab American Christians" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, Aug 15, 2014 <Not Available>. 2016-06-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p726705_index.html>

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Kayyali, R. A. , 2014-08-15 "Juxtapositions of Islam and Christianity for Arab American Christians" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2016-06-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p726705_index.html

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Abstract: Although racially classified as “white”, the racial constructs of Arab Americans reflect and respond to social conflict, political constructs and cultural meanings. Cognizant of the fact that approximately half of Arabs in US are Christian, this study finds that most Arab Christian respondents had been assumed to be Muslim at one point or another. In reaction to this mis-attribution and amid an increased polarization of opinions about Islam, my respondents employed three categorical devices to negotiate their positionalities, including (1) asserting an ancient Christian identity that asserted Eastern identifications that trumped Western Christianity in formation and claims to authenticity (2) accommodating the assumption that they were Muslim by remaining silent about their actual religious identity and, (3) resisting the merging of categories by tying a sectarian Christian identity to national origins. Drawing on 18 months of fieldwork, this article claims that articulations of religious and ethnic identifications are intertwined and discursively produced by national and global constructions of culture, religion and identity.


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