Arab Indianapolis

Our Mission: To document the long history and contributions of Arab Americans to Greater Indianapolis


From the late 1800s until today, people of Arab descent have made Indianapolis their home. From establishing businesses to working in the fields of health care and education, they have contributed to the cultural vitality, economic growth, and social fabric of Greater Indianapolis. Today’s Arab Hoosiers trace their roots to more than twenty Arabic-speaking countries across North Africa and the Middle East.

What does this project actually do?

Research our Past

Explore the history of Arab Indianapolis, its diversity, and our contributions to the city

Understand our Present

Document and celebrate the lives of contemporary Arab Americans in Indianapolis

Spread Knowledge

A book, a film, heritage trail, K-12 lesson plans, community dialogues, a historical marker, and archives


Questions or comments? Would you like to volunteer or help? Join dozens of Arab American community members and their supporters. Just send an email to project director Edward Curtis, ecurtis4@iupui.edu or call 317-278-1683.

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