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Metro Muslims, Arabs overcome 9/11 tensions by forging ties

September 8, 2011

Arab Americans and Muslims throughout the Detroit area from business to politics have forged ties during the past decade amidst the tensions of 9/11. At the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, membership has grown from 300 businesses to 1,500 in the past decade, with metro Detroit businesses owned by Arab Americans producing $7.7 billion in revenue and more than $500 million in state taxes, according to a 2007 Wayne State University study. Also included in the story is a sidebar about today's panel discussion on how 9/11 affected civil rights, 9:30 a.m., at Bernath Auditorium.