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Salim Yaqub, ‘Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs and US-Middle East Relations in the 1970s’

September 16, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Bookstores will host Salim Yaqub for a reading from his book, Imperfect Strangers: Americans, Arabs, and U.S.-Middle East Relations in the 1970s, on Friday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Bull’s Head Bookshop. The book explores the complex legacy of Arab petrodollars in American life. In the 1970s, soaring oil prices provided huge revenues to oil producing Arab countries, which, together with private Arab companies and individuals, invested billions of dollars in the U.S. economy, and the influx of Arab petrodollars drew mixed reactions from Americans.

Yaqub is a professor of history at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and director of UCSB’s Center for Cold War Studies and International History.

This event is sponsored by the UNC Departments of Asian Studies, American Studies and History, the Center for Global Initiatives, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and the Center for African Studies.


September 16, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm