A Tribute to Dr. Halim Barakat


Dr. Edmund Ghareeb, Senior Scholar, The Palestine Center


Dr. Michael C. Hudson, Seif Ghobash Professor of Arab Studies and International Relations Emeritus, Georgetown University


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*A light lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. Tribute begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. RSVP REQUIRED

Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of Dr. Halim Barakat, retired Research Professor of Society and Culture at The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. and a vital contributor to the establishment of the Palestine Center, who worked closely with the late Dr. Hisham Sharabi and Dr. Samih Farsoun. It is not an exaggeration to say that Dr. Barakat’s writings have indelibly marked the fields of sociology and Arab literature. Through his work he has examined and illuminated the paradigmatic shifts in modern Arab society, the social fragmentation that followed in the wake of the 1967 defeat, the death of Arab nationalism, and the political climate and nuances of pre and post-civil war Lebanese society.

Dr. Barakat’s long academic career has also included positions at The American University of Beirut (1966-72), The University of Texas at Austin (1975-76), and as Research Fellow at Harvard University (1972-73). Born in Kafrun, Syria, and raised in Beirut, he received his BA (1955) and MA (1960) degrees in sociology from The American University of Beirut, and a PhD in social psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (1966).

Dr. Barakat was a prolific writer. His many published books, numbering more than 17, include the most well-known sociological studies, The Arab World: Society, Culture and State (University of California Press, 1993), and Lebanon in Strife: Student Preludes to the Civil War (University of Texas Press, 1977). His numerous essays on society and culture have appeared in edited books and professional journals including The British Journal of Sociology, Middle East Journal, Mawakif, and al-Mustaqbal al-Arabi. His op-ed articles have appeared in several Arabic weekly journals and daily papers including al-Hayat and al-Nahar.

Dr. Barakat also published six novels and a collection of short stories in Arabic. Translations of his fictional works have appeared in English, French, German and Japanese including Days of Dust, Six Days, and Le Vaisseau Reprend Le Large. His novel Six Days (Sittat Ayam, 1961), presciently imagining a real war yet to come in 1967, became a prelude to his later novel Days of Dust (‘Awdat al-Ta’ir ila al-Bahr, 1969), which dramatizes the events of that said war. His other works of fiction include al-Qimam al-Khadra’ (Green Summits, 1956), al-Samt wal-Matar (Silence and Rain, 1958), al-Rahil Baina al-Sahm wal-Watar (A Journey Between The Arrow And The Cord, 1979), Ta’ir al-Hawm (The Crane, 1988), and Innana wal-Nahr (Inana and The River, 1995).

Reflections on Dr. Barakat’s legacies will be given by Dr. Edmund Ghareeb, Senior Scholar of the Palestine Center where he served in an advising role for many years, and Dr. Michael C. Hudson, the Seif Ghobash Professor of Arab Studies and International Relations, Emeritus, in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Introductory remarks will be given by George Hishmeh, Founding Board Member of The Jerusalem Fund and long-time colleague on the Palestine Center Committee.


Biographies of Speakers:
Dr. Edmund Ghareeb is Senior Scholar at The Palestine Center of The Jerusalem Fund, where he served for over fifteen years as a member of The Palestine Center Committee. An internationally recognized expert on the Middle East, Kurds, Iraq, and media issues, Ghareeb was the first Mustafa Barzani Scholar of Global Kurdish Studies at American University’s Center for Global Peace. He taught at AU for 28 years as well as at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and in Qatar, the University of Virginia, and the George Washington University. He is the author of The Kurdish Nationalist Movement and The Kurdish Question in Iraq, and the co-author of War in the Gulf and The Historical Dictionary of Iraq. Ghareeb is also the editor of Split Vision: The Portrayal of Arabs in the American Media, the first book to explore how the American media covers Arabs and Arab affairs. He was translator and editor, with Naseer Aruri, of Enemy of the Sun, an anthology of modern Palestinian poetry. Ghareeb has written and lectured extensively on U.S. policy toward the Middle East, Iraq, the Kurds, and Gulf politics, U.S.-Arab relations, Arab-Americans, the American media’s coverage of the Middle East, and the information revolution in the Arab world. He worked as a journalist for a number of years and has been interviewed widely by major American, Arab, European, and Asian media outlets.

George S. Hishmeh is a founding board member of The Jerusalem Fund, and a former editor-in-chief of The Daily Star of Lebanon and The Libyan Times. When he emigrated to the U.S., he also was on the staff of St. Louis Globe Democrat, the Chicago Sun-Times and assistant foreign editor at The Washington Post. He then joined the U.S. Information Service as senior writer/editor, where he helped launch the bimonthly Arabic-language magazine, Al-Majal. Since his retirement from USIA, he has been a weekly columnist for several magazines and newspapers including The Jordan Times and The Gulf News. He also helped found the Washington Association of Arab Journalists.

Dr. Michael C. Hudson is Seif Ghobash Professor of Arab Studies and International Relations, Emeritus, in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and was the director of Georgetown’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies for many years. In 2010 he was appointed as the first Director of the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore, where he was also made Professor of Political Science. He served in those capacities until 2014. He has held Guggenheim, Ford, and Fulbright fellowships and is a past president of The Middle East Studies Association. His many publications include The Precarious Republic: Political Modernization in Lebanon (Random House 1968 and Westview 1985); Arab Politics: The Search for Legitimacy, (Yale University Press, 1977), The Palestinians: New Directions (editor and contributor), and Middle East Dilemma: The Politics and Economics of Arab Integration (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999; editor and contributor). His most recent books, of which he is co-editor and contributor, are Gulf Politics and Economics in a Changing World, (Singapore: World Scientific, 2014) and The Arab Uprisings: Catalysts, Dynamics, and Trajectories (Lanham, MD and London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015). He is regularly interviewed about Middle East issues in the global news media, including the BBC, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, Channel News Asia, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Thomson Reuters TV, CCTV (China) and major newspapers including The Straits Times (Singapore) and The Daily Star (Beirut).


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