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Rashid Khalidi (2007)

Rashid KhalidiUUA president William Sinkford announces that the 2007 Ware Lecturer in Portland, Oregon, is Dr. Rashid Khalidi, the author of The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood, as well as Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America’s Perilous Path in the Middle East.

Sinkford says, “Rashid Khalidi offers us a focused and much-needed perspective on the worsening situation in the Middle East. As we search for guidance on how to address this region’s turmoil, Dr. Khalidi’s well-researched and engrossing analysis of both the roots of the conflicts as well as the current context is crucial to restoring a sense of hope for the future. We are delighted to announce his selection for this prestigious Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly lecture.”

Khalidi is the author of three previous books about the Middle East: “Origins of Arab Nationalism,” “Under Siege,” and the award-winning “Palestinian Identity.” He holds the Edward Said Chair in Arab Studies at Columbia University, where he heads the Middle East Institute. He has written more than eighty articles on Middle Eastern history and politics, as well as op-ed pieces in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and The Nation. Khalidi has received fellowships and grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the American Research Center in Egypt, and the Rockefeller Foundation; he was also the recipient of a Fulbright research award. Professor Khalidi has been a regular guest on numerous radio and TV shows, including All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, Morning Edition, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and Nightline. He lives in New York.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Lewis, himself a Ware Lecturer in 1987, wrote in a review on the Beacon Press website, “In his new book The Iron Cage, Rashid Khalidi uses history to provide a clear-eyed view of the region and assess the prospects for peace….He strives successfully for even-handedness…He’s fair to both sides, and in particular, he’s knowledgeable not only about Palestinian history but about what he has called ‘tragic Jewish history.”

Ronald Steel wrote of Khalidi’s “Resurrecting Empire” in The Nation (January 1, 2005):

“With a deep knowledge of the Middle East and a felicitous literary style, Khalidi… examines the history of U.S. involvement in the area against the backdrop of European colonialism and shows why an assertion of our good intentions has little meaning for peoples who have known two centuries of foreign occupation and domination.”

—Courtesy of UUA.org

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