Course: ACR 150/ Literacy in American Society – 0501/ Spring 2022

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      1. Based on the article “Arab and Other Middle Eastern Americans” by Minority Rights Group International, I’ve learned why many Arab and Middle Eastern citizens immigrated as well as the discrimination they have faced in the past and continue to face now like the stereotype that all of them are terrorists as a result of attacks such as 9/11. Some people do not realize that they followed stereotypes rather than looking at the actual person, and as a result of those stereotypes, those who come here do not have as much religious freedom as others think. They also have language barriers, which have prevented them from obtaining jobs or causing communication difficulties. I also discovered that 63 percent of Arab Americans are Christians, while 23 percent are Muslims. Due to the way Arab or Middle Eastern Americans are portrayed in the media, one might assume the vast majority of them to be Muslims.

      2. Melika Rahmani’s video “Misconceptions about Middle Eastern Culture and Religion”, helped me clarify some misunderstandings or confusion that I had about Middle Eastern culture and religion. In order to stop believing in stereotypes and to know the truth, people must learn about these misconceptions. As an example, the stereotype that most Muslim countries are located in the Middle East. Rahmani taught me that most Muslims are not even in the Middle East, but in Indonesia, located in Southeast Asia.

      3. Literacy rates in the Middle East are lower in larger, more populated, and poorer nations than in smaller, wealthier ones, according to the Washington Institute’s literacy study. This was especially true when it came to women’s literacy levels. In Jordan, literacy rates for men and women are both 91 percent and 86 percent, respectively, according to the report. The figures were then compared to those from nations such as Yemen, where women’s literacy rates are only 29%.

      4.  The source I chose was “Middle Eastern Perspectives on 9/11” by Middle East In Focus because it is one of the most contentious issues in the United States and one of the biggest sources of prejudice that Middle Eastern people experience, and in this article, they not only discussed it but also discussed other people’s opinions, so it is not just one person’s perspective. I simply believe it was really bold of them to write about such a sensitive subject.

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