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Rashid Ismail Khalidi

Pioneering Palestinian Historian

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Date of Birth:



New York City, USA

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Leading Scholar on Middle Eastern Studies

Brief bio

Rashid Khalidi is a distinguished Palestinian-American historian and the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University. His extensive work focuses on the history and nationalism of Palestine, significantly influencing academic and public perceptions on Palestinian identity and Middle Eastern politics.

Major Milestones


  • Academic Credentials: Received his B.A. from Yale University in 1970 and D.Phil. from Oxford University in 1974.

  • Professorship at Columbia: Holds the prestigious position of Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University.

  • Editorial Leadership: Served as editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, enhancing its scope and impact on Middle East studies.

  • Advisory Roles: Played a key role as an advisor to the Palestinian delegation during the Madrid and Washington Arab-Israeli peace negotiations from 1991 to 1993.

  • Award-Winning Author: His books, such as Palestinian Identity and The Iron Cage, have received critical acclaim and numerous awards for their insightful analysis of Palestinian history and identity.

  • Scholarly Publications: Khalidi has authored seminal works on Palestinian nationalism, notably Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness.

  • Advancing Academic Discourse: His teachings and publications have nurtured a deeper understanding of Arab political identity and the dynamics of statelessness.

  • Public Intellectual: Regularly contributes to major U.S. newspapers and participates in radio and TV discussions, bringing informed perspectives to a wide audience.

  • Institution Building: Co-director of the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University, which promotes academic research on Palestine...See More

  • Community Engagement: Through his roles in various academic and cultural institutions, Khalidi has significantly influenced public policy and education on Middle Eastern affairs...See More

Date of Last Update: 
June 26, 2024

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