Date of Award

Spring 4-16-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Modern Languages & Literature

First Advisor

Prof. Wael Salam

Second Advisor

Prof. James McGavran


This thesis seeks to reinscribe the multifaceted experiences of Arab American Christians in contemporary Arab American novels. This paper analyzes how hybridity is constructed and negotiated in Diana Abu-Jaber's "Arabian Jazz," Susan Muaddi Darraj's "The Inheritance of Exile: Stories from South Philly," and Inaam Kachachi's "Al-Hafīda Al-Amrīkīyya" as a case study. These three novels feature Arab American Christian protagonists who undergo a profound reversal of embracing their Arab heritage. By embracing their liminality identities, these characters maintain their loyalty to the Islamicate community from which they originate, which allows them to develop an interfaith solidarity with Arab Muslims both in the United States and abroad as they resist essentialist discourses about citizenship and belonging. By spotlighting one sub-group of the Arab American community's experiences, this thesis advocates approaching Arab American literary scholarship in such a way that allows a better understanding of intergroup dynamics in the Arab American community at large.

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