By HASAN DUDAR BLADE STAFF WRITER One in a series This story first appeared online at toledoblade.com and in print in the Nov. 16, 2014 edition of The Blade. A year ago, I began working on a Blade special project called Mideast in the Midwest. The purpose was two-fold:
By HASAN DUDAR AND KATIE RAUSCH BLADE STAFF Mohammad Reda began cutting hair at his late grandfather, Mohammad’s barbershop in the mountain village of Machghara, in Lebanon. His grandfather, who was also a farmer, taught him the craft, and began by instructing him on the art of the straight-razor
The Mideast in the Midwest survey results have been recoded and analyzed with the help of the University of Toledo’s sociology department. Data sets were compared to each other in order to draw comparisons between ethnic communities and religious groups in Greater Toledo.
Yehia Shousher wanted to be the mayor of Qaraoun. In 1949 he immigrated from the village in the south of Lebanon to Canada with his mother and two brothers. Four years later, in 1953, he made the move to Toledo. When Mr. Shousher, 85, first left Lebanon, he was
Sylvania resident and Toledo-based artist Nora Alfaham displays her artwork at the 51st annual Islamic Society of North America Convention at the Cobo Center, in Detroit, Mich. Alfaham said she is inspired by her diverse backgrounds, which include the Islamic faith, her parents’ homeland of Damascus, Syria, and her