Arab Voices Speak to American Hearts by Samar Dahmash-Jarrah
In the aftermath of the tragedy of 9/11, journalist, teacher, and peace advocate Samar Jarrah found herself called upon by her small Florida community, as well as impelled from within, to dispel stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims. After three years of speaking to audiences of up to 800 Americans—in churches, at events of professional associations and other organizations, and at peace rallies, Ms. Jarrah had a vision. If governments would do nothing to combat misunderstanding between Americans and Arabs, then she would open a direct dialogue between these peoples. With the help of family, friends, and professional contacts, she assembled over 100 questions that Americans wanted to ask Arabs and Muslims. The remarkable result is found in these pages.