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Fayez Abdullah Sayegh

Influential Palestinian-American academic and diplomat

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Date of Birth:



Kharaba, Syria

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Why Featured?

Fayez Sayegh was a distinguished Palestinian-American academic and diplomat. He was known for his contributions as a masterful debater, educator, and writer, deeply involved in the Palestinian cause and Arab-Israeli conflict.

Brief bio

Fayez Sayegh, born in Syria, moved with his family to Tiberias and then to Safed. He completed his education at the American University of Beirut and later earned a Ph.D. from Georgetown University. He served in various academic and diplomatic roles, becoming a prominent voice on Middle Eastern affairs, particularly the Palestinian cause.

Major Milestones


  • 1941-1945: Received bachelor's and master's degrees from the American University of Beirut.

  • 1949: Earned his Ph.D. in philosophy and political science from Georgetown University.

  • 1965: Founded the Palestine Research Center in Beirut and published "Zionist Colonialism in Palestine".

  • 1967: Notable appearance on the "David Suskind Show" where he debated Middle East issues.

  • Awards: Decorated with the Cedar’s Medal, Rank of Commander, by the president of Lebanon.

  • Education: Taught at prestigious institutions including Yale, Stanford, and Oxford.

  • Diplomacy: Worked at the United Nations and for the Lebanese Embassy in Washington DC...See More

  • Literature: Authored "Zionist Colonialism in Palestine", an important historical study.

  • Research: Directed the Palestine Research Center, contributing significantly to Palestinian studies.

Date of Last Update: 
February 4, 2024

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