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The price of Arafat’s kiss

AN ORAL HISTORY: With Iraq in the news again, we bring you a story from the archives, of a local man looking back at the First Gulf War. Mustafa Sugheir shared his story with The Blade this past winter. The Palestinian American owned the Ohio Overseas corporation in Toledo,

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?’

Corrected version: Story text updated Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 at 3:27 p.m. to correct information regarding Mr. Sugheir’s university attendance. Mustafa Sugheir, 90, came to the U.S. in 1954 from Jenin, Palestine. He settled first in Angola, Ind., and later in Toledo, after attending Trine University, formerly known as Tri-State University. In

No more dabke in the mosque

Toledo’s first mosque was more than a house of worship. To Habib Khan, 76, it was a “big home,” where the community gathered for dinners, games, and the dabke, a Middle Eastern line dance performed at haflehs, or parties. The mosque, founded in 1954, was at Bancroft and Cherry streets, close to