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The Arab Immigration Oral History Digital Collection holds oral history interviews by Richard Saltzburg and Professor Esam Alhadi.
The Arab Immigration Oral History Digital Collection is a project sponsored by the UF Libraries' mini grant program.
This project aims to make available through Oral History interviews the life
and professional experiences of Arab immigrants who have settled in Florida
after leaving their homelands. The interviews are recorded digitally in Arabic
and English and are also transcribed into English and available as PDFs. Our
collection is intended to help scholars, researchers, students and the general
public to understand the reasons why certain Arabs immigrate to Florida. These
interviews reveal specific life and professional experiences these immigrants
have had and how they have created a new home for themselves in Florida. Documentation
of Arab immigrants' experience may have previously been approached through a
number of single- or multi-authored scholarly books, textbooks and articles.
Whereas it is almost inevitable that such publications will be marked by the
bias of their authors, the audio material collected for this project provides
a unilateral dimension to both culture and history by virtue of placing primary
focus on the voices of the Arab immigrants themselves. To this end, we tried
to use open ended questions during the interviews and we let them speak at length
on any topic.
Another target this project is aiming for is to give a preview on Arab culture in diaspora. Unlike other projects that focus on the socio-economic and geo-political factors that contribute to shaping the cultural life of the Arabs in their homeland countries, this collection intends to provide an answer to what defines and shapes Arab culture in diaspora. This will be tied to immigrants' perspective on education, social and family life and the efforts to blend into the wider Florida and American society.