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In the Eye of the Storm: The History of Lebanon Revisited


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Speaker(s): Professor Fawwaz Traboulsi
Chair: Professor Fawaz Gerges

Recorded on 18 February 2013 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House.

With few comprehensive histories of Lebanon, Professor Fawwaz Traboulsi's A History of Modern Lebanon, which weaves together more than five centuries of the country's social, political, cultural and economic history, has become a go-to reference for anyone who wants to understand the country. In this lecture, Traboulsi will share the problems he has faced in writing the history of Lebanon and how he has dealt and proposes to deal with these challenges. This event is free and open to all on first come first served basis. Please make sure to arrive early to book your seat.

*Note: Professor Traboulsi will also give a smaller seminar on Wednesday 20 2013, in which he will discuss the Arab uprisings. This seminar is limited to 50 attendees and is already fully registred.

Fawwaz Traboulsi is Associate Professor of Political Science and History at the Lebanese American University, and the American University of Beirut. He has been a visiting professor at New York University, the University of Michigan, Columbia University, and Cairo University, and a fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, and the Wissenshaftskolleg, Berlin. His books, papers and articles focus on the history, politics, social movements, political philosophy, folklore, and art in the Arab World. Traboulsi’s translations include Edward Said’s memoir, Out of Place, as well as Said's Humanism and Democratic Critique. Traboulsi's most recent publication is A History of Modern Lebanon (in English and Arabic, 2007). Traboulsi, a long time journalist, is a columnist for As-Safir Daily and chief editor of Bidayat, a new quarterly magazine launched last year.

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