Country: US (Palestine)
If there’s anything you want to know about the modern
history of the Middle East, Khalidi is likely to have the answer. One of the
greatest historians of the region, the 64-year-old is the Edward Said Professor
of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University and former director of the Middle
East Institute of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs,
helping to develop an interdisciplinary approach to studying the Middle East.
He teaches university courses on Middle Eastern history, Islam and the US’s
involvement in the Middle East.
He received a BA from Yale University in 1970, and a
doctorate from Oxford in 1974. He is a prolific author of books and journals
writing about the region, as well as editor of the Journal of Palestine
Studies, and was an advisor to the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and
Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from October 1991 until June 1993.