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 will 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

Write blogs, publish a book, make films, design exhibits, give presentations, create archives

Learn more and meet some of us…


Our Supporters

Our institutional supporters include the IUPUI Department of Religious Studies, Indiana Muslim Advocacy Network, Indianapolis Public Library, Catholic Charities Immigrant and Refugee Services, and Eman Schools. The director is Edward Curtis, a fourth-generation Arab Midwesterner.

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