When I presented these ideas to some AAUG
board members, the reaction was a combination of a lack of interest, a claim that far more important issues were facing the Arab-American community as well as the Arab world, and that, in any case, some panels on the subject were included at every AAUG
convention; indeed the very first convention was devoted to the issue.
was established in the aftermath of the June 1967 war and the shocking wave of virulent anti-Arab racism that erupted in North America.
I joined AAUG
in 1978 somewhat by accident through an emerging personal contact, camaraderie and friendship with my late friend, Ibrahim Abu-Lughod.
By comparison AAUG
had dedicated itself to dealing with the Arab world, and it tried to occupy a space for itself in the broader context of the United States.
In 1979, AAUG
established the journal Arab Studies Quarterly (ASQ) to augment the publications program.
Judging by the booklet titled "The First Decade, 1967-1977" AAUG
had a split personality right from its inception.
The birth of the AAUG
was not stimulated only by official policies and actions of the U.
After 1967 he wanted to be a part of a progressive organization and did join the AAUG
In the early 1970s, AAUG
held its convention in Boston at one of its hotels.
From its inception, the leaders of AAUG
were determined not to be beholden to any Arab or other government, political or religious party, or corporation.
As a non-Arab I was originally not eligible for full voting membership, but joined AAUG
as an associate, non-voting member.
would serve as a bank of knowledge and talent, a think tank, to work on various assignments and projects all aimed at producing and disseminating accurate and reliable information about all facets of Arab society, economy and polity.