When we were Arabs: a Jewish family's forgotten history
There was a time when being an “Arab” didn’t mean you were necessarily Muslim. It was a time when Oscar Hayoun, a Jewish Arab, strode along the Nile in a fashionable suit, long before he and his father arrived at the port of Haifa to join the Zionist state only to find themselves hosed down with DDT and then left unemployed on the margins of society. In that time, Arabness was a mark of cosmopolitanism, of intellectualism. Today, in the age of the Likud and ISIS, Oscar’s son, the Jewish Arab journalist Massoud Hayoun whom Oscar raised in Los Angeles, finds his voice by telling his family’s story.
To reclaim a worldly, nuanced Arab identity is, for Hayoun, part of the larger project to recall a time before ethnic identity was mangled for political ends. It is also a journey deep into a lost age of sophisticated innocence in the Arab world; an age that is now nearly lost.
When We Were Arabs showcases the gorgeous prose of the Eppy Award–winning writer Massoud Hayoun, bringing the worlds of his grandparents alive, vividly shattering our contemporary understanding of what makes an Arab, what makes a Jew, and how we draw the lines over which we do battle.
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|Grouping Title||when we were arabs a jewish familys forgotten history|
|Grouping Author||hayoun massoud|
|Last Grouping Update||2020-01-20 06:27:54AM|
|Last Indexed||2020-01-22 04:39:17AM|
|detailed_location_arlington||Central New Nonfiction|
Plaza New Nonfiction
|owning_library_arlington||Arlington Public Library|
Connection Crystal City
|subject_facet||Cultural fusion -- Egypt|
Hayoun, Massoud -- Childhood and youth
Jews -- Identity
Mizrahim -- Biography
North Africans -- Egypt -- Biography
|title_display||When we were Arabs : a Jewish family's forgotten history|
|title_full||When we were Arabs : a Jewish family's forgotten history / Massoud Hayoun|
|title_short||When we were Arabs|
|title_sub||a Jewish family's forgotten history|