American Univesity of Beirut

Book Discussion “Strangers in the West: The Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900”

​The University Libraries is holding a book discussion by the distinguished author and former AUB trustee, Dr. Linda K. Jacobs about her renown book and bestseller

Strangers in the West: The Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900

The event will take place on Friday, November 4th, 2016 at Jafet Library,  followed by a book signing.

The book traces the beginnings of the Syrian immigration and settlement in New York City, namely around Washington Square on the lower west side of Manhattan and is thoroughly and expansively researched, based on a variety of sources including local newspapers, church records, city directories, private archives and photo collections and other documents to conceptualize the emergence and development of this distinctive community.

About the Author

Linda K. Jacobs is a New York-based scholar and author. She holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology/Anthropology and spent many years working on archaeological excavations and economic development projects in the Middle East. She is the author of Digging In: An American Archaeologist Uncovers the Real Iran (2012) and a series of articles about the nineteenth-century Syrian colony in New York. Dr. Jacobs is committed to promoting Middle Eastern culture and knowledge in the United States, founding KalimahPress in 2011, establishing the Violet Jabara Charitable Trust, and sitting on the boards of the Near East Foundation and the Moise Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies. She has also served on the board of the American University of Beirut. All four of her grandparents were members of the New York Syrian Colone.

For more about the book, kindly go to http://kalimahpress.com/books/strangers-in-the-west/


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