Evelyn Shakir


Evelyn Shakir (1939-2010) (ايفلين شاكر), daughter of Lebanese immigrants to the United States, and a pioneer in the study of Arab American literature is author of Bint Arab:  Arab and Arab American Women in the United States (Praeger 1997).

As a Senior Fulbright scholar, she has taught American literature to university students in both Lebanon and Syria; under the auspices of Bentley College (where she is professor emerita), she has taught similar courses in the kingdom of Bahrain. She holds degrees from Wellesley College, Harvard University, and Boston University.

The tales in Evelyn Shakir’s Remember Me to Lebanon: Stories of Lebanese Women in America are set in various eras, from the 1960s to the present and occasionally hark back even to the turn of the twentieth century.  Protagonists range in age from a teenager who resists her father’s understanding of honor, to an elderly woman who returns from the grave for one last try at whipping her family into shape. 

Most of the stories dramatize personal issues involving negotiation between generations and cultures.  But others have a political dimension—one is set against the backdrop of the Lebanese civil war; another is a response to 9/11, narrated by a woman who keeps watch all day on the Arab family next door.  (Remember Me is published by Syracuse University Press.)

(From Harvard University Website)


  • Bint Arab: Arab and Arab American Women in the United States, 1997
  • Remember Me to Lebanon: Stories of Lebanese Women in America, 2010

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