Arab Americans are a diverse community of immigrants and the descendants of immigrants, who have come from throughout the Arab world. Arab countries are 22 countries which are members of the Arab League : Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. We are Christians, Muslims, and Jews.
Arab Americans’ history illustrates how the immigrant experience has shaped the United States. We are part of the American success story, showing what can be achieved when an ethnic constituency becomes fully engaged in the political and economic life of this country.
Since the first wave of immigrants arrived here more than century ago, Arab Americans have assimilated into mainstream U.S. life. We share the same economic and social diversity as all Americans, but we also share treasures brought with us from our native lands – a rich heritage and culture, a strong extended family network, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a drive for excellence.
While the majority of the population of the Arab World is composed of people of the Muslim faith, most Arab Americans, in contrast, are Christian. The percentage of Arab Americans who are Muslim has increased in recent years because most new Arab immigrants tend to be Muslim.