The Broken Promise of U.S.- Arab Relations, 1820-2001
A lecture by Ussama Makdisi, Rice University
Published: Thursday, February 24, 2011
In Faith Misplaced, Makdisi argues convincingly that Americans have rarely engaged with the Arab nations as autonomous peoples with cultures and histories of their own – they’ve preferred “glib generalizations” – and that such myopia is at the core of much of the Middle East’s animosity toward the U.S. In his history of the Middle East, Makdisi privileges Arab voices and for the most part demonstrates an impressive ability to render societies and individuals as multifaceted.
Ussama Makdisi is Professor of History and the first holder of the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies at Rice University. In April 2009, the Carnegie Corporation named Makdisi a 2009 Carnegie Scholar as part of its effort to promote original scholarship regarding Muslim societies and communities, both in the United States and abroad. He has published widely on Ottoman and Arab history as well as on U.S.-Arab relations and U.S. missionary work in the Middle East. As a professor at Rice, Makdisi is interested in encouraging a new transnational approach to the study of American foreign relations as well as a more contextual understanding of the modern Middle East.
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