As part of their Critical Arab American Studies, Syracuse University’s “Sajjilu Arab American: A Reader in SWANA Studies” celebrates the emerging field of Arab American, Southwest Asian, and North African Studies not by “canonization but rather by inquiry and exploration.” This collection of 39 essays offers a comprehensive and scholarly introduction to the field and highlights the interdisciplinary anti-racist, anti-imperialist, and feminist perspectives of this growing and innovative field. The varied collection also includes excerpts from early seminal works, many of which have been reviewed in this journal upon their publication, to provide the reader with the foundation of Arab American studies, followed by excerpts of contemporary cutting-edge scholarship informed by activism and committed research. The title “Sajjilu” refers to Mahmoud Darwish’s 1964 poem “Identity Card” (Bitaqat Hawiyyah), composed while in an Israeli prison, which begins with ‘sajjil ana arabi.’ Using the verb's imperative, the opening lines mean “Register: I am an Arab.” While the scholars examine the historical moments of the Arab American narrative, including early Arab misogyny, the Occupation of Palestine, the attack of 9/11 and its repercussions, and the American war in Iraq, the collection acknowledges the complexity of and diversity under the umbrella of Arab American identity. It dismantles “the historical archive that privileges assimilation and heteronormative narratives.” Admirably, the academic rigor does not come at the expense of the personal. In the introduction, each editor begins with a personal statement that chronicles their introductory awareness of being an Arab/Arab American and their trajectory in the field. In “Pauline’s Story,” she gratefully acknowledges the influence of this journal, Al Jadid, and her participation in Al Jadid’s efforts to share the cultural pulse of the Arab American community.