Re: Why/how a traumatized Hakim is here.
Shortly after 9/11, in the midst of sporadic anti-Arab and anti-Muslim incidents in the US, a historian friend reminded me that most Arabs in this country were not Muslim (being Lebanese Christians), and most Muslims in this country were not Arab (being African-Americans who had in some sense followed Malcolm X’s movement away from Christianity and/or the Nation of Islam into a more orthodox Islam).
When I mentioned to my friend a few years later that I had often cited him on these facts, he had to correct me on at least one of them. Thanks to immigrants/refugees from our war, the majority of Arabs in this country are now Muslim. (I’m not sure about the current demographic breakdown of US Muslims.)
That’s pretty much how empire works.