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Mideast in the Midwest Survey

This is a survey of the Middle Eastern population in the Toledo area. Arabs, Middle Easterners, North Africans, and other ethnic groups from the region are not counted in their own racial or ethnic category on the decennial United States census. They are counted in the ‘white’ category, which

Songs in Little Syria

Manira Saide-Sallock, 74, discusses her late father Mohammed Saide singing the Aataba in north Toledo’s Little Syria neighborhood with Shadid Ya’qub, the father of late actor Danny Thomas. The Aataba is an improvised, melancholy ode sung in Arabic.

Mustafa Sugheir asks, ‘What’s Halloween?’

Mustafa Sugheir, 90, came to the U.S. in 1954 from Jenin, Palestine. He settled first in Angola, Ind., and later in Toledo, after graduating from Trine University, formerly known as Tri-State University. In this audio clip, he recounts his first experience with Halloween in Toledo. RELATED LINK: Mideast in the