Workshop 4

"Arab American culture and religion"

The urban/suburban areas surrounding Detroit are some of the most diverse areas within the state of Michigan. The Arab American is a particularly relevant sub-group in the era of “anti-terrorism” and assumptions about Islam and Arab Americans create faulty stereotypes that can influence policing.

  • Participants discuss the variety of Arab cultures that are represented within Southeast Michigan 
  • Exercises highlight the role of culture and religion in relationships with the police
  • Case studies emphasize cultural cues and context in police experiences
  • Summary discussion offers basic education about the origins and current status of the various cultures and religious beliefs among Arab Americans