Arab Indianapolis Book of Stories & Photographs

An accessible, intimate look at the oft-neglected history of Arab Americans in Greater Indianapolis who have made a remarkable impact on the region since the late 1800s.

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From establishing local businesses to working in the fields of health care and education, Arab Americans have made indelible contributions to the cultural vitality, economic growth, and social fabric of central Indiana. Arab Indianapolis features the stories of Arab Americans—some famous, some not—who have shaped the Capital City’s past and will continue to define its future. It details a history hidden in plain sight, one sometimes buried beneath Indianapolis’s most iconic landmarks such as Lucas Oil Stadium, Monument Circle, the Indiana War Memorials, the Governor’s Residence, and Riverside Park.

Through short essays, over eighty beautiful photographs, interviews, and even a few recipes, this collection embraces the full humanity of Arab Americans in the Midwest. It will give you a deeper sense of the myriad lives of Arab-descended Hoosiers who call Indianapolis home.

Arab Indianapolis is an indispensable resource for anyone looking to know the full story of how Arab Americans continue to shape one of the Midwest’s most iconic cities.


“People assume that Midwest history is largely homogeneous and white. Arab Indianapolis makes the case otherwise.” —Rashika Jaipuriar, Indianapolis Star

“Dr. Curtis takes a scholarly look at the often-neglected history of Arab Americans in Indianapolis.” —Andrea Watts, Indianapolis Monthly

“I recommend this read to everyone of all ages.”—Sara Hindi, Indiana Author Awards

June 7, 2022 | ISBN: 9781953368270 | Hardcover | $30.00 | 172 pages | 6 x 9