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Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies, Columbia University

August 24th, 2010

Area of Expertise: Religion, Terrorism, War and Conflict
Geographical Expertise - Region: North Africa and Middle East, North America
Geographical Expertise - Country: Palestine
Languages: Arabic, English
Field of Work: Academia, Author/Novelist
City: New York
Country: USA
Continent: North America


Rashid Khalidi has been the Edward Said Author photo 150x150 Rashid KhalidiProfessor of Arab Studies at Columbia University since 2003. He taught at the University of Chicago from 1987 until 2003. Previously, he taught at the Lebanese University and the American University of Beirut from 1974 to 1983, and at Georgetown and Columbia universities from 1983 until 1987. He received a B.A. in History from Yale University in 1970 and a D. Phil. in Modern History from Oxford University in 1974.

Khalidi is editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, and he is former President of the Middle East Studies Association, and an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993. He has received fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the American Research Center in Egypt, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, and was recipient of a Fulbright research award.

Rashid Khalidi is author of Sowing Crisis: American Dominance and the Cold War in the Middle East (2009); The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (2006), which has been translated into French, Hebrew and Arabic; and Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East (2004), which has been translated into French, Italian and Spanish. His Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness, published by Columbia University Press, was a co-winner of the Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Prize as the best book of 1997, has been translated into French and Italian and is being translated into Arabic. Additionally, he is the author of British Policy Towards Syria and Palestine, 1906-1914 (1980) and Under Siege: PLO Decision-Making During the 1982 War (1986), which has been translated into Arabic and Hebrew, and was the co-editor of Palestine and the Gulf (1982) and The Origins of Arab Nationalism (1991).

He has written over ninety-five scholarly articles on aspects of Middle East history and politics, as well as opinion pieces in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune Vanguardia, The London Review of Books, and The Nation. He has been interviewed in Le Monde, Haaretz, Milliyet, al-Quds, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Dr. Khalidi has been a guest on numerous radio and TV shows including All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, Morning Edition, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, The Charlie Rose Show, and Nightline, and on the BBC, Radio France Inter and France Culture, the CBC, al-Jazeera, al-’Arabiyya, and the Voice of America.

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