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Session Title

Faces of Appalachia: Arab and Muslim Americans contribution the welfare of the citizens in region

Session Abstract or Summary

Published literature (mainly WV periodicals) reveals that Arab and Muslim Americans have been residing and contributing to the wellness and improvement of the life of the citizens in this part of Appalachian region for more than a century from the writing of this research project. Early immigrants landed and resided in the Appalachian region as early as the 1900s. More precise, several of these pioneer immigrants chose to reside and work in southern West Virginia including the cities and the surrounding vicinities of Huntington, Charleston, Beckley, and Logan. Waves of immigrants since then and until current days continue to arrive, reside, and work in this area.

Until this moment, not a single research project was conducted to group and document the contribution of this new Appalachian group. Last year, I applied for a sabbatical leave from my institution to work on such project. This leave request was approved and awarded for the fall of 2015.

If my proposal is accepted, my goal is to share with the session attendees’ sample stories from the past 25 years of the published literature on the topic of this research project.

Presentation #1 Title

Faces of Appalachia: Arab and Muslim Americans contribution the welfare of the citizens in region

Presentation #1 Abstract or Summary

Published literature (mainly WV periodicals) reveals that Arab and Muslim Americans have been residing and contributing to the wellness and improvement of the life of the citizens in this part of Appalachian region for more than a century from the writing of this research project. Early immigrants landed and resided in the Appalachian region as early as the 1900s. More precise, several of these pioneer immigrants chose to reside and work in southern West Virginia including the cities and the surrounding vicinities of Huntington, Charleston, Beckley, and Logan. Waves of immigrants since then and until current days continue to arrive, reside, and work in this area. Until this moment, not a single research project was conducted to group and document the contribution of this new Appalachian group. Last year, I applied for a sabbatical leave from my institution to work on such project. This leave request was approved and awarded for the fall of 2015. If my proposal is accepted, my goal is to share with the session attendees’ sample stories from the past 25 years of the published literature on the topic of this research project.

At-A-Glance Bio- Presenter #1

Dr. Majed Khader has been residing in Huntington, WV since 1989. He received BA in Arabic Language and Literature from The University of Jordan, an MLS degree and Post MLS Certificate in Library and Information Studies from the University of North Texas, and Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from Texas Woman’s University.

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Faces of Appalachia: Arab and Muslim Americans contribution the welfare of the citizens in region

Published literature (mainly WV periodicals) reveals that Arab and Muslim Americans have been residing and contributing to the wellness and improvement of the life of the citizens in this part of Appalachian region for more than a century from the writing of this research project. Early immigrants landed and resided in the Appalachian region as early as the 1900s. More precise, several of these pioneer immigrants chose to reside and work in southern West Virginia including the cities and the surrounding vicinities of Huntington, Charleston, Beckley, and Logan. Waves of immigrants since then and until current days continue to arrive, reside, and work in this area. Until this moment, not a single research project was conducted to group and document the contribution of this new Appalachian group. Last year, I applied for a sabbatical leave from my institution to work on such project. This leave request was approved and awarded for the fall of 2015. If my proposal is accepted, my goal is to share with the session attendees’ sample stories from the past 25 years of the published literature on the topic of this research project.