The author looks for measures of economic discrimination that exist against
and within the Arab-American and Arab immigrant economy. However, the
focus is on the economic impacts of intra-group conflicts between Muslims
and Christians (and social distance from Palestinians) in the Arab-ethnic
economic enclave. Results from this sample group show trends indicating
that prejudice against Muslims makes them inordinately dependent on selfemployed
earnings, but also that Muslims are not compensated evenly over
time for taking extra entrepreneurial risks. It is also determined that
significant finance-gaps exist between Muslims' and Christians' access to
capital at the time of initial investment and at the point of expansion. The
researcher concludes that there are both occupational and wage-related costs
to being Arab and believing in Islam in America. In addition, the author
finds that within the Arab-ethnic Muslim community that some segments
are avoided socially or excluded from the relative enclave. This places
Palestinians in the worst economic position and Syrian Christians in the best.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.