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Arab Americans in the United States

Immigration, Culture and Health

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  • Focuses on the relationship between migration, health, and illness of Arab Americans
  • Provides an application for the diabetes cultural belief models to improve diabetic care
  • Examines the chronic illness—diabetes cultural beliefs and its relation to health management

Part of the book series: International Perspectives on Migration (IPMI)

Part of the book sub series: South-South Migration (SSM)

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About this book

This open access book provides a unique perspective on the relationship between immigration, culture, and health. It presents a cross-cultural perspective between culture and illness. It touches upon identity struggles, the notion of not feeling “safe, understood, accepted,” and its relation to Arab American health. The book provides a comprehensive review of the history of Muslims in America and discusses better healthcare services for chronic illness—diabetes. It provides an ethnographic framework for building cultural belief models of illness, which helps study any illness among any population. It is a must-read for everyone interested in understanding the relationship among culture, health, and immigration, as well as the importance of building cultural belief models of illness and their possible impact on providing better healthcare services. The book is of interest to scholars, caregivers, and those living with diabetes.

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

    Shaikha H. Al-Kuwari

About the author

Shaikha H. Al-Kuwari is an assistant professor of Anthropology at Qatar University. She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology from University of Florida, USA, in 2018. Her research focuses in studying the relation between culture and health. She is interested in building cultural models of illnesses using the latest methodological advances in social science. Her goal is to create culturally based precision medicine where the culture of people is taken in consideration in providing healthcare-related services.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Arab Americans in the United States

  • Book Subtitle: Immigration, Culture and Health

  • Authors: Shaikha H. Al-Kuwari

  • Series Title: International Perspectives on Migration

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  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-99-7416-0Published: 03 January 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-99-7419-1Published: 03 January 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-99-7417-7Published: 02 January 2024

  • Series ISSN: 2214-9805

  • Series E-ISSN: 2214-9813

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 107

  • Number of Illustrations: 7 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Ethnicity, Class, Gender and Crime, Migration, Public Health

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