The AAI Foundation also supports programs that educate Americans about the Arab and Muslim worlds and the Arab American experience. We are the nation’s leading resource for demographic information on our community, and serve as the Census Information Center for Arab Americans. In addition to compiling national statistics, AAIF offers demographic profiles of the 12 states with the highest concentration of Arab Americans.

Our publications are available online and in hard copy, and are used by schools, universities, and NGOs to enhance outreach and education on minority civic engagement, the immigrant experience, and Arab and Muslim cultures. Each year, AAIF updates our Roster of Arab Americans in Public Service which provides a comprehensive list of Arab Americans in elected and appointed office, from the local through federal levels. In 2012, we updated and re-issued Arab Americans: A Century of Civic and Cultural Achievement, and we are proud to continue to serve as the publisher for Casey Kasem’s landmark brochure: Arab Americans: Making a Difference. In our series Together We Came, AAI celebrates the month of June as Immigrant Heritage Month by featuring profiles of Arab American immigrants who have left an indelible mark on the history of the U.S.

The AAI Foundation is also committed to providing educational resources about the Arab and Muslim worlds and the Arab American experience. While many universities in the U.S. and abroad offer Middle East and Islamic Studies programs, some in the U.S. are beginning to provide Arab American Studies as well.

Below you will find links to many of these programs, as well as to resources published by the Arab American Institute that help define the Arab American experience—from the first waves of immigrants from Syria and Lebanon in the 1880s to the contributions of leaders like John Sununu, Farouk El Baz, Kahlil Gibran, Ray LaHood, Nick Rahall, Helen Thomas, and Edward Said.

We encourage you to explore these resources and to let us know about any new programs, publications, and other materials on our community.


Resources and Publications on Arab Americans

  • A Kid's Guide to Arab American History
  • Arab American Studies Guide
  • Arab Americans: A Century of Civic and Cultural Achievement 
  • Arab Americans: Making a Difference
  • Demographics
  • Healing the Nation: The Arab American Experience After September 11
  • Not Quite White: Race Classification and the Arab American Experience
  • The Other Anti-Semitism: The Arab as Scapegoat
  • Who Are Arab Americans?


Arab American Studies Programs

Arab and Middle East Studies Programs

 Resources for Educators

Articles from AAI Foundation


Organizations and Institutions – Arab Americans

Arab American Institute
Represents the policy and community interests of Arab Americans throughout the United States and strives to promote Arab American participation in the US electoral system

Arab American National Museum
First museum in the world devoted to Arab American history and culture, and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage

Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services
Includes cultural arts, employment and training, public health, and education

Café Arabica 
Online Arab American community center. A place for Arab Americans to discuss issues of common interest and find out about resources and services available to Arabs and the Middle East

Middle East & Middle Eastern American Center 
Based at the City University of New York (CUNY), MEMEAC's mission is to promote the study of the Middle East and Middle Eastern Americans

National Network for Arab American Communities
Committed to the development of Arab American community-based nonprofit organizations at the local level and collectively

Network of Arab-American Professionals
Non-partisan, volunteer-based organization dedicated to strengthening the Arab American community   

Organizations and Institutions – Islam

Center for Christian-Muslim Understanding at Georgetown University
The Center’s mission is to improve relations between the Muslim world and the West and enhance understanding of Muslims in the West

Center for Islamic Studies at Youngstown State University
Devoted to the scholarly study of Islam and to educating the community about Islamic religion, history, and culture

Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy 
A non-profit organization dedicated to studying Islamic and democratic political thought and merging them into a modern Islamic democratic discourse

Council on Islamic Education 
A body of scholars that provides academic information about Islam

Islamic Society of North America 
An association of Muslim organizations and individuals that provides a common platform for presenting Islam, supporting Muslim communities, developing educational, social and outreach programs and fostering good relations with other religious communities

Muslim Public Affairs Council
A public service agency working for the civil rights of American Muslims, for the integration of Islam into American pluralism, and for a positive, constructive relationship between American Muslims and their representatives

One Nation
A national philanthropic initiative that promotes pluralism and inclusion in America and seeks to help change misperceptions about American Muslims

Organizations and Institutions – Middle East

Promoting understanding and cooperation between Americans and the people of the Middle East and North Africa.

Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
At Georgetown University, the Center has established itself as the most comprehensive university-based Arab studies program in the US

Middle East Institute 
Promotes knowledge of the Middle East in America and seeks to strengthen understanding of the United States by the peoples and governments of the region

Middle East Policy Council 
Non-profit organization fostering public discussion of the political, economic, cultural, and security issues that affect the policies of the United States in the Middle

Middle East Studies Association 
For scholars, students, and others interested in the study of the Middle East, North Africa and the Islamic world.  

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
Non-profit organization that seeks to enhance American awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the Arab countries, the Mideast, and the Islamic world

Saudi Aramco Magazine
Distributed by Saudi Aramco to increase cross-cultural understanding with the Middle East