Waṣfi, Āṭif Amīn. An Islamic-Lebanese community in U.S.A.: a study in cultural anthropology

Table of Contents

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Part I The Descriptive Data

Chapter I Historical Background

Push Factors

Pull Factors


Chapter Ii Spatial Description

Significant Places Within The Community Dix Street

The Islamic Mosque .

The Hashimite 1 Club .

Food Stores .

Coffee-houses And Restaurants .

Salina School .

Hotels .

Dearborn Library .

Bars .

Recreation Areas .

Chapter Iii Communication

Language .


Telephone .

Television .

Mail .

Arab Coffee-houses .

Chapter Iv Economic And Occupational Aspects

Food Habits .

Clothing .

Houses .

Furniture .

Economic Standard

Occupations .

Chapter V Family And Kinship

Kinship Relations .

Nuclear Family .

1. Neolocal .

2. Men-women Equality .

3. Individualistic Style Of Life .

4. Parents-children Conflict .

5. Extended Family .

6. Patrilineage .

7. Kinship Terms .

Chapter Vi Education

Islamic Education .

Chapter Vii Political Aspects

Chapter Viii Religion And Values


1. Mosques.

Religious Leadership.


Values .

1. Success And Wealth .

2. Education And Individualism .

3. Women’s Chastity And Loyalty .

4. Saving Money .

5. Strong Sense Of Religiosity And Asceticism .

6. Lineality And Male Children .

7. Generosity, Modesty, And Helping Others .

Chapter Ix Voluntary Associations

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1. The American Moslem Society .

2. Progress Arab Hashimite Society .

3. Islamic Center Foundation Society .

4. American Arab Council .

5. The Institute Of American-arab Affairs .

6. Islamic Youth Association (i.y.a.)

7. Women’s Associations .

Chapter X Recreation And Arts

Recreation .

1. Dinner Parties .

2. Wedding Parties .

3. Arab Films .

4. Arab Night Clubs .

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1. Islamic Feasts .

2. Christmas .

3. Labor Day .

4. Halloween Evening .

5. Thanksgiving Day .

Arts .

Poetry .

Chapter Xi Life Cycle

Birth .

Childhood .

Youth Culture .

Marriage .

Death .

Chapter Xii The Community And Others

Part Ii Analysis And Conclusions

Chapter I General Aspects Of The Culture Contact

Chapter Ii Situations Of Acculturation

Forced Situations

Voluntary Situations

Chapter Iii Acculturation Processes

The Order Of Selection Of Patterns

Factors Of Accelerating Acculturation

A. Techniques Belonging To The Donor Culture .

B. Techniques Belonging To The Recipient Culture And Its Members .

Factors Of Delaying Acculturation

A. Techniques Belonging To The Donor Culture .

B. Techniques Belonging To The Recipient Culture .

Analysis Of The Life Cycle .

Chapter Iv The Study And Other Relevant Studies

Studying The Community

Studying On The Lebanese In America .

Studying Ethnic Groups In The Detroit Area .

Studying Ethnic Groups In The United States .

Chapter V General Conclusions

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Publication Information The main body of the Publication Information page contains all the metadata that HRAF holds for that document.

Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: An Islamic-Lebanese community in U.S.A.: a study in cultural anthropology

Published By: Original publisher [Beirut]: Beirut Arab University. 1971. ix, 126 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Atif A. Wasfi

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Arab Americans (NK09)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF External migration (167); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Sociocultural trends (178); Speech (191); Religious and educational structures (346); Settlement patterns (361); Ethnic stratification (563); Congregations (794); Religious denominations (795);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this monograph Wasfi presents an ethnographic study of a Lebanese-Muslim community in the southend area of Dearborn, Michigan. Although a wide range of cultural data on this community are presented in the text -- as for example on migration history, communication, economy, education, family and kinship, politics, religion, recreation, the life cycle, etc. -- the major focus of the work is on cultural contact between two different societies (Muslim and American).'This contact has resulted in several processes of acculturation, cultural and social conflicts and assimilation. The community members live as Arabs and as Americans. How they have handled this cultural duality is the theme of the study' (p. 125).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 23

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nk09-023

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 126) categories Cultural Participation (184) and Age Stratification (561) used for cultural differences between parental or first generation immigrants (called Group A), and their children (called Group B)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1963-1964

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1998

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1870s - 1960s

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Southend area, Dearborn, Michigan, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Arab Americans


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