The “First Syrian Immigrant Family”

The “First Syrian Immigrant Family”

The story of the Joseph Arbeely family hints at how the “first Syrian immigrant family” constructed an Arab American identity by deliberately trying to mix the oil of the East with the water of the West. Far from being passive victims of stereotyping, the Arbeelys,...
Paris, 1913: The Arab Congress

Paris, 1913: The Arab Congress

Note: This article was written by my friend Robert Goodhouse, a descendant of the Syrian-American publisher, Najeeb Diab. He lives in Dubai and is a Vice President of Rapiscan. -Linda Jacobs   One hundred years ago Moslems and Christians from the Middle East...
Naoum Mokarzel

Naoum Mokarzel

Unlike the other early Syrian immigrants who have been featured in my blogposts to date, Naoum Mokarzel is well known to scholars and third-generation Syrian-Americans. He was an important publisher, spokesman for his community, and an exemplary man in many ways. What...
“A Parabolic Pilgrimage” (Part 2)

“A Parabolic Pilgrimage” (Part 2)

In an excerpt from my new book, Strangers in the West, we continue the travails of new Syrian immigrants who landed in New York harbor. When a Syrian arrived at Castle Garden or Ellis Island, he or she was examined by various officials including emigration and health...