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A Country Called Amreeka

A Country Called Amreeka

U.S. History Retold through Arab-American Lives

The history of Arab settlement in the United States stretches back nearly as far as the history of America itself. For the first time, Alia Malek brings this history to life. In each of eleven spellbinding chapters, she inhabits the voice and life of one Arab American, at one time-stopping historical moment.

Separately, the chapters in A Country Called Amreeka transport us; together, they offer a vital piece of the mosaic of our American history and a fresh, urgent, and exciting perspective on a teeming community whom it has become essential for us to understand.
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  • Free Press | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416589754 | 
  • October 2010
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Author Alisa Malek On Her New Book A Country Called Amreeka

Author Alia Malek reveals the untold story of Arabs in America in her new book A Country Called Amreeka.

About the Author

Alia Malek
Photograph © Jonathan Becker

Alia Malek

ALIA MALEK is an author and civil rights lawyer. Born in Baltimore to Syrian immigrant parents, she began her legal career as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. After practicing law in the States, Lebanon, and the West Bank, Malek, who has degrees from Johns Hopkins and Georgetown universities, earned her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Her reportage has appeared in Salon, The Columbia Journalism Review, and The New York Times. This is her first book.

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