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Walid Khalidi

Renowned Scholar, Historian, Political Scientist

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Date of Birth:



Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Pioneering contributions to Palestinian historical scholarship and analysis of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Brief bio

Walid Khalidi, born in 1925 in Jerusalem, is an esteemed Palestinian historian and political scientist. Educated at Oxford University, he has significantly contributed to the understanding of the Palestinian exodus and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Khalidi co-founded the Institute for Palestine Studies, served as its General Secretary, and held academic positions at prestigious institutions including Oxford, the American University of Beirut, and Harvard University.

Major Milestones


  • Co-founding the Institute for Palestine Studies (1963): Established in Beirut as an independent research center...See More

  • Professorship at the American University of Beirut (Until 1982): Taught Political Studies, shaping generations of students.

  • Senior Research Associate at Harvard University (1982-1996): Contributed to Middle Eastern studies.

  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Elected 1994): Recognition of his scholarly contributions.

  • Extensive Publishing Career: Authored significant works like "Before Their Diaspora" and "All That Remains".

  • Authorship of "Before Their Diaspora": A photographic essay on Palestinian society prior to 1948.

  • Editing "All That Remains": An encyclopedic collection of village histories.

  • Influential Scholarship: His work has shaped Palestinian and Arab reactions to the loss of Palestine.

  • Institutional Development: His role in founding and leading key research and academic institutions.

  • Diplomatic Contributions: Actively participated in shaping discussions and understandings about the Middle East and the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Date of Last Update: 
January 7, 2024

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