Michael Hodges The Detroit News Published 7:30 PM EDT May 21, 2019 Diana Abouali, the new director of the Arab American National Museum, was born into a Palestinian family in Toronto. When Abouali was about 7 her parents moved to Kuwait, where she attended the American school until graduation. She came to the U.S. to study at Wellesley College, followed by a doctoral program in history and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard. From 2004-2012, Abouali taught Middle Eastern history and Arabic at Dartmouth College, before relocating to Ramallah in the West Bank to work at the newly established Palestinian Museum. Most recently, she worked in Amman, Jordan, with Syrian artisans who now find themselves refugees in a foreign country. The Detroit News sat down with Abouali Tuesday to chat national origins, anti-Islamic bias, her faith in America, and what excites her about Detroit. You were born in Toronto, but where did your family come from? Diana Abouali: “My family is Palestinian. My father’s family was from Nablus in the West Bank, and my mother’s from Gaza City. They met when they were each working in Kuwait, and then moved to Canada.” Why did you want to be director of the Arab American National Museum? “The chance… Read full this story
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