Online Exhibit

Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes


Professor Alsultany was a guest curator for the Arab American National Museum’s online exhibit in 2011. This project was partially funded by Arts of Citizenship: Public Scholarship at the University of Michigan.

The goals of this online exhibit are to convey that —

1) Arab Americans have been an integral part of U.S. society since its inception

2) there is a discrepancy between who Arab Americans are and how they are generally perceived by the U.S. public

3) this discrepancy is the result of Orientalism: over generalized and distorted images and ideas produced by U.S. institutions, particularly the media

4) stereotypes of Arabs are part of a longer history of Othering that has been faced by many ethnic groups, and

5) stereotypical representations are not harmless images but come with a range of consequences and impacts.

Welcoming remarks & overview of the exhibit

Watch other exhibit videos by Professor Alsultany on the website. Video topics include:


“Reclaiming Identity Online: An Interview with Evelyn Alsultany, Jane Abell, American Anthropologist, Vol. 118, Issue 1, March 2016, 161-165.

Jeff Karoub, “From harems to terrorism: Dearborn museum website aims to explore, overcome Arab stereotypes,” The Miami Herald, June 19, 2011, Alsultany Miami Herald Exhibit.

Michael Hodges, “Dearborn museum presents Web tour of anti-Arab bias,” The Detroit News, June 28, 2011, Alsultany Detroit News Exhibit.