Arab American Heritage Month

The Denver Public Library is celebrating Arab American Heritage Month in April!

National Arab American Heritage Month celebrates Arab American heritage and culture and recognizes contributions and achievements of Arab community members to the nation.

The term “Arab” is a cultural and linguistic designation. The Arab world consists of 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa that make up the Arab League: Algeria, Bahrain, the Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. 

About 3.7 million Americans have Arab roots, according to the Arab American Institute. Over 42,000 people in Colorado have Arab heritage, the majority from Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, Morocco, and Jordan. Nearly 7,200 people in Denver have Arab roots, and over 3,000 households in Denver county reported speaking Arabic at home in 2019. 

Celebrate with Us!

You can also visit our World Languages page to browse materials in Arabic.

Learn More with Your Library Card

Mango Languages, an online language learning program available with your Denver Public Library card, has four options for studying Arabic: Modern Standard, Egyptian, Iraqi, and Levantine.

In Kanopy, a movie streaming site available to Denver residents with a library card, Arabic language films can be found by searching a keyword and limiting the results by clicking on Language, then Arabic. Some titles recommended by staff are Feminism Inshallah, Reel Bad Arabs, In the Image: Palestinian Women Capture the Occupation, Speed Sisters, and Write Down I Am an Arab.

More on searching Kanopy

CultureGrams has detailed information about different Arab countries, with interfaces for kids or adults.

Other Online Resources

The Arab American Institute 

Facts about Arabs and the Arab World - Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee

Yalla Count Me In - Arab American Institute Foundation and Arab American Anti-Discrimination Committee 

National Arab American Heritage Month - Arab America Foundation

Arab American Heritage Month 2023 - Commemoration, Traditions & Populations -

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